Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a chemical compound used for metal degreasing, dry cleaning and many other industrial applications. But what few people know is that this common chemical has been linked to serious health risks. In this blog post, we will discuss what TCE is, the health risks associated with it, and ways to reduce your exposure to it. We’ll also talk about how you can stay informed and monitor your environment for any potential TCE contamination.
What is Trichloroethylene (TCE)?
Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a synthetic chemical compound that was commonly used as a degreaser and an industrial solvent in the mid-20th century. TCE is a volatile organic compound (VOC) that can be released into the air, water, and soil. TCE has been linked to cancer and other health problems.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified TCE as a Group 2A carcinogen, meaning it is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also classified TCE as a probable human carcinogen.
Studies have shown that exposure to TCE can increase the risk of cancer of the kidney, liver, lung, and brain. Exposure to TCE has also been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukemia.
Other health effects that have been associated with exposure to TCE include:
– Birth defects
– Reproductive problems
– Nervous system damage
– Liver damage
What are the health risks associated with TCE exposure?
There are a number of health risks associated with TCE exposure, including cancer, liver damage, kidney damage, and central nervous system damage. TCE is classified as a human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and has been linked to an increased risk of various types of cancer, including bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and leukemia. TCE is also a known liver toxin, and can cause liver damage at high levels of exposure. Kidney damage has also been reported in some cases of TCE exposure. Additionally, TCE is a central nervous system depressant, and exposure to high levels of the chemical can cause dizziness, headaches, confusion, and memory loss.
How can you protect yourself from TCE exposure?
There are several ways you can protect yourself from exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE).
If you live near a site where TCE is being used or released, be sure to stay upwind of any fumes. You should also avoid drinking water from wells that may be contaminated with TCE.
If you work with TCE, take precautions to avoid skin contact and inhalation of fumes. Be sure to wear gloves, protective clothing, and a respirator if necessary. When using TCE, always work in a well-ventilated area.
If you think you have been exposed to TCE, seek medical attention immediately.
What should you do if you think you’ve been exposed to TCE?
If you think you have been exposed to TCE, you should contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of TCE exposure include headaches, dizziness, confusion, and difficulty breathing. If you have these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.