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Perchloroethylene – C2CL4

This page presents information on tetrachloroethylene or perchloroethylene (C2Cl4): characteristics, effects on health, detection tools (C2Cl4 gas detector) and proper respiratory protective equipment (gas mask or PAPR with A gas filter).

Détecteur gaz C2Cl4 et protection respiratoire perchloroéthylène ou tétrachloroéthylène

PERCHLOROETHYLENE PROPERTIES

Tetrachloroethylene (C2Cl4) – best known as perchloroethylene – is the most commonly used solvent for dry cleaning. It is also used as a degreasing agent in textile treatment, printing and in the car and steel industries. It is used as well in consumer goods like paint solvents or to remove spots.

CAS

TWA (8 hours)

STEL (15 minutes)

LEL

IP

Density / Air

Filter / SCBA

127-18-4

20 ppm

40 ppm

9.32 eV

5.8

A

PERCHLOROETHYLENE EFFECTS ON HEALTH

Perchloroethylene (C2Cl4) is a colorless liquid with an ether smell. It is very volatile and almost non-flammable. The IARC classified it as category 2A potential carcinogenic agent (R40). It can also cause irritation to the eyes, dizziness, nausea, headaches, memory loss and drowsiness that can lead to unconsciousness and death.

*IARC: International Agency for Research on Cancer (depends on WHO World Health Organization)

C2CL4 GAS DETECTOR (TETRACHLOROETHYLENE OR PERCHLOROETHYLENE)

Even if perchloroethylene is detectable through its ether smell, only a C2Cl4 gas detector can accurately measure concentrations of this toxic gas. For this reason the use of a fixed or portable perchloroethylene detection system performing measurements in ppm is required.

The colorimetric gas detection tube system is a simple and accurate solution composed by a manual sampling pump and a specific gas detection tube. They are designed for use together.

  • Gas detector tubes Colorimetric tube

Colorimetric tubes

The colorimetric gas detection tube system is a simple and accurate solution composed by a manual sampling pump and a specific gas detection tube. They are designed for use together.

Gas detector tubes Colorimetric tube
  • Accurate: the sampling pump features a mechanical accuracy piston which creates a vacuum then enables direct reading on the colored tube (colorimetric tube)
  • Swift: one or two pump strokes are enough to draw sample and the value can be directly read on the tube
  • User-friendly: no knowledge, no specific process and no technical competence are required

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Featuring PID technology (photo-ionization sensor) and designed for organic vapor detection, the CUB COV detector (for volatile organic compound) offers ppb or ppm VOC and TAC (total aromatic compound) measurements.

  • volatile organic compounds detector for VOC monitoring

VOC detector CUB

Featuring PID technology (photo-ionization sensor) and designed for organic vapor detection, the CUB COV detector (for volatile organic compound) offers ppb or ppm VOC and TAC (total aromatic compound) measurements.

volatile organic compounds detector for VOC monitoring
  • Ultra-light, discrete, robust and easy to use
  • High sensitivity measurement (from 0.001 ppm depending on the version) and high reactivity (less than 5 seconds)
  • Alarm levels triggered by concentration levels (86 dB audible alarm, LED and vibrating alarm)
  • Data-logging
  • ATEX, CE, IECEx, China, USA and Canada (class I, II, III, Division I) approved

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The MX6-VOC accurately measures presence of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in ambient air using a 10.6 eV PID photoionization lamp from 0 to 2,000 ppm in 0.1 ppm increment.

  • Portable gas detector MX6-VOC

VOC detector MX6 volatile organic compounds

The MX6-VOC accurately measures presence of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in ambient air using a 10.6 eV PID photoionization lamp from 0 to 2,000 ppm in 0.1 ppm increment.

Portable gas detector MX6-VOC
  • Detection of many VOCs from 0 to 2,000 ppm
  • Serial sampling pump for remote samples
  • STN color LCD graphic display
  • User-friendly menu for easy access
  • Certifications: IECEx/ATEX : EEx ia d IIC T4
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Volatile organic compounds – most commonly known as VOCs - gather thousands of substances and gases. They can be found in many fields of activity. The MX6-VOC gas detector is a classic single-gas detector especially designed to detect these substances. Thanks to its ion-lithium rechargeable battery, it can operate during 12 hours according to the application.

The MX6-VOC gas detector needs to be calibrated twice a year in order to ensure proper operation. The photoionization sensor (sensor technology for VOC detection) can detect volatile organic compounds with a ionization potential below 10.6 eV. The MX6-VOC measuring range is set between 0 and 2,000 ppm in 0.1 ppm increment.

An integrated gas sampling pump guarantees measurements accuracy. This pump also enables to draw remote samples before intervention. According to the configuration, it is possible to add up to 5 more gases to the MX6-VOC.

This VOC detector features 3 different alarms. The powerful audible alarm is designed to alert even in noisy environments. The high visibility red LED visual alarm and a vibrating alarm are also made to ensure a high level of protection.

Its large colored screen displays concentrations in ppm (part per million) or in percentage volume. Digital values can be replaced visually thanks to the user-friendly menu.

The MX6-VOC gas detector is impact-resistant thanks to an over-molded polycarbonate housing. This monitor meets almost any EU current gas detection related standards.

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The TVOC is a VOC (volatile organic compounds) detector with stationary photoionization for continuous accurate measurements.

  • Détecteur de COV (composés organiques volatils) TVOC

Volatile organic compounds detector – TVOC

The TVOC is a VOC (volatile organic compounds) detector with stationary photoionization for continuous accurate measurements.

Fxed gas detector TVOC - w1
  • PID sensor: 10.6 eV lamp and Ion Science technology
  • Power supply: 5 to 23 VDC and 4-20 mA or IS 8 – 30 VDC output
  • 4 digit LCD display, 4 alarm colored LED
  • Measuring range: from 0 to 100 ppm and from 100 to 1,000 ppm
  • ATEX approved for use in hazardous areas
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PERCHLOROETHYLENE RESPIRATORY PROTECTION (C2CL4)

In order to get proper respiratory protection against perchloroethylene, it is recommended to wear an half-mask or a full-face mask for short applications. During longer operations it is preferable to use a complete powered air purifying respirator. Both devices should be equipped with an type A filtering cartridge.

PROFILE40 is a single-cartridge half-mask featuring a DIN 40mm thread which complies with EN148-1 standard – related to respiratory protective half-masks

Respiratory protective half-mask – PROFILE40

PROFILE40 is a single-cartridge half-mask featuring a DIN 40mm thread which complies with EN148-1 standard – related to respiratory protective half-masks

Demi-masque DIN40 PROFILE40
  • Compatible with every PRO2000 filter less than 300 grams
  • Robust LSR silicon facepiece with large face seal
  • Easy adjustable harness for device airtight
  • Particularly suitable with eyewear and safety glasses
  • Available in 2 different sizes
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The VISION panoramic gas mask is compatible with particle, gas and combined filters. It can also be used as a facepiece for powered air respirators and SCBA.

Vision panoramic gas mask

The VISION panoramic gas mask is compatible with particle, gas and combined filters. It can also be used as a facepiece for powered air respirators and SCBA.

VISION : masque panoramique à large champs de vision (fixation cartouche frontale ou latérale)
  • Large field of wiew (98%) without visual distorsion
  • Reinforced visor resistant to solvents and scratches
  • Two filter mounting locations: central or right side
  • LSR face seal (liquid silicon rubber)
  • Available in 3 different sizes for optimal comfort
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The SARI gas mask provides operating comfort and efficient protection against toxic gases and particles (solid, radioactive, smokes), bacteria and virus.

Full face gas mask – SARI

The SARI gas mask provides operating comfort and efficient protection against toxic gases and particles (solid, radioactive, smokes), bacteria and virus.

masque sari contre les gaz toxiques et vapeurs chimiques
  • Compatible with PRO2000 filter range (gas, particle and combined)
  • Central phonic membrane for easy communication
  • Compatible with powered air equipment
  • Internal mask with non-return and anti-fog valves, reduces CO2
  • Fully adjustable 5 points harness for improved operating comfort
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The Duraflow powered air respirator is a versatile solution for hazardous workspaces. It provides a quality respiratory protection for a fair price.

  • The powered air purifying respirator Duraflow PAPR

Powered air purifying respirator Duraflow

The Duraflow powered air respirator is a versatile solution for hazardous workspaces. It provides a quality respiratory protection for a fair price.

The powered air purifying respirator Duraflow PAPR
  • Compatibility with RD DIN 40 universal filter cartridges
  • Rechargeable battery – 2 available version: 8 or 16 hours runtime
  • Automatic airflow regulation (160l/min)
  • Visual alarms, notifications and display
  • CEN1294 & CE0086 certified, IP55/IP67

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