A large and varied family of chemical compounds that contain chlorine, including carbon tetrachloride, trichloroethylene (TCE), and methylene chloride. Typically chlorinated solvents are used commercially and industrially as degreasers, cleaning solutions, pesticides, paint thinners, glues, resins, and many, many more mixtures and compounds used as thinning solutions. Their utility as a degreaser derives from their efficiency in dissolving organic materials such as animal fats and grease, and due to their usefulness as raw material/feedstocks for other chemical compounds. Proper protective gear is critical to minimize exposure to chlorinated solvents, as inhalation and skin contact can cause severe irritation depending on the chlorine contents and concentration of chlorinated solvents. Side effects of exposure include dizziness, fatigue, headaches, and skin rashes. Long term side effects include chronic skin irritation, damage to the nervous system, and organ failure if exposure is repeated over an extended period of time. Always store chlorinated solvents in airtight containers to maintain worker safety.