The professional look to clothing, with a crisp, classic finish is accomplished with steam, perchloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene and formaldehyde. Steam opens up a garments’ fibers allowing these chemical solvents (used as stiffeners, wrinkle resisters, water repellents and stain dissolvers) to penetrate the fabric better. But what’s penetrating dry cleaned clothes may also be creeping into you . . . turning your health into a personal hardship.
Regrettably, a dry cleaning establishment is the perfect setting for employees to feel the effects of toxic chemical outgases. (The rate which these noxious emissions are released is accelerated by heat and humidity levels.) There is evidence that some people can develop sensitivity to dry cleaning solvents. Health effects include eye, nose and throat irritation, wheezing and coughing, dizziness, fatigue, skin rash and severe allergic reactions. These compounds have also been shown to cause cancer in animals and may cause cancer in humans.
Government work-place safety regulations suggest that companies, working with dangerous chemicals, maintain moderate temperature and humidity levels and provide adequate ventilation for their employees. If you have concerns about your place of employment, or believe that you’ve been exposed to dangerous toxins and are experiencing adverse health effects, give us a call. Our initial phone consultation is free. You have workers’ rights and we want you to know about them.
Remember, what’s in a good pressed shirt …… is not good for you.
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