Trichloroethylene exposure may cause a number of health complications. Trichloroethylene is a colorless liquid that smells similar to chloroform and has a wide range of applications. Its primary function is that of a solvent, and one of its many applications is the removal of grease from metal components.
However, too much trichloroethylene exposure can cause harm and discomfort, such as irritation and nausea. You can be exposed to this chemical by breathing air that is contaminated, or drinking water that has trichloroethylene. Workers who might be at risk of trichloroethylene are:
- Workers who use this to clean grease off metals
- People who work in dry cleaning use it to get rid of spots
- People who work with chemicals to make other chemicals