What is PCE and How is it Dangerous?

Perchloroethylene (PCE), also known as perc or Tetrachloroethylene, is a colorless liquid chemical commonly found in industrial settings or dry-cleaning materials. It can also be found in many common products such as glues, lubricants, water repellents, paint removers, sealants, and inks used in printing.

PCE can be frequently found in the air, particularly around dry-cleaning facilities. If you often wear clothing that has been dry-cleaned, work in a dry-cleaning facility, or work in an industry that uses PCE to make other chemicals, you may have been exposed to high levels of PCE.

To reduce exposure to PCE, you can move recently dry-cleaned clothing to a well-ventilated area and remove the plastic bag from the clothing. Additionally, use any products containing PCE in a well-ventilated room or outdoors in the open if possible.

Exposure to High Levels of PCE

In small quantities, PCE is harmless to humans. However, extended exposure to large quantities of PCE could cause irritation to your eyes, skin, throat, nose, and respiratory system. It could also cause liver damage and may even lead to unconsciousness or death in severe cases.

If you believe that you were exposed to high levels of PCE, it is recommended that you contact your primary care physician. If you work in an area where you believe you are exposed to high levels of PCE, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you follow the hierarchy of controls, a method of protecting workers by controlling exposures to occupational hazards such as PCE.

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If you believe that your workplace or county has exposed you to dangerous levels of PCE, you may be entitled to compensation. Reach out to an experienced attorney at Price Benowitz today for a consultation.