Trichloroethylene (CAS 79-01-6) is a colourless, volatile liquid with a sweet chloroform-like smell.

Trichloroethylene is a non-flammable chlorinated solvent used widely as a metal degreaser and electrical equipment cleaner. It is also used in adhesives, water-proofing agents, paint strippers and carpet shampoo.

The major uses of trichloroethylene are:

  • vapour degreasing and cold cleaning of manufactured metal parts
  • industrial dry cleaning
  • printing and the production of printing ink
  • extraction solvent for greases, oils, fats, waxes, tars
  • paint production
  • textile industry to scour cotton, wool and other fabrics (removes oils and lubricants) and in waterless dyeing and finishing
  • chemical intermediate in production of other chemicals, such as refrigerants
  • used in production of consumer products e.g. paint removers and strippers, adhesives, stain removers and rug cleaning fluids, and
  • general industrial use as a solvent and cleaning product.

This guide provides information for those registered medical practitioners engaged by a PCBU to carry out or supervise health monitoring for workers. This guidance should be read in conjunction with the following:

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