ECSA Manager

Sébastien Gallet - ECSA Manager

Sébastien Gallet

Avenue E. Van Nieuwenhuyse 4,

box 2 B-1160 Brussels, Belgium

About ECSA

The interests of European chlorinated solvent producers and consumers are represented by ECSA (European Chlorinated Solvent Association), part of Euro Chlor. ECSA was formed over 40 years ago.

ECSA works to support the long-term sustainability of chlorinated solvents. The association defines and promotes safe use practices and commissions toxicological studies to further increase the already broad knowledge of the products.

 

 

ECSA's goal is:

  • to ensure that hazards and risks of our substances are identified
  • and that proper risk management is applied by users of chlorinated solvents (REACH Exposure Scenarios, ODS, Waste management recycling, etc...)
  • promote safe practices along the value chain including recycling and end of life management

 

Objectives

  • act as a contact point for regulators
  • commission studies to further increase the knowledge of our products
  • provide expertise on chlorinated solvents to downstream users

 

ECSA members

 

AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals(Netherlands - producing in Germany)

INOVYN (UK- producing in France & Italy)

Olin Corporation (production by Blue Cube Assets in Germany)

Spolek pro chemickou a hutní výrobu (Spolchemie)(Czech Republic)

 

 

 Chlorinated solvents offered by ECSA companies

 

Products Methylene Chloride Perchloroethylene Trichloroethylene
Akzo Nobel Industrial Chemicals  ♦    
INOVYN      
Olin Corporation      
Spolchemie    

 

Last update : 01/2016

IOELVs for DCM, CTC and PER published

February 2017

Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) for DCM, CTC and PER have been published by the EU Commission (cf. DIRECTIVE (EU) 2017/164 of 31.1.2017), which are in line with the REACH DNEL(inhalation) for workers. These IOELVs have to be considered by member states for setting national exposure limits (OELs), which they have to accomplish by 21. August 2018. Only national OELs are legally binding for occupational safety, whereas the IOELVs have to be considered by users in case no OELs is set, yet.  The relevant OELs are provided with the SDS of the solvents suppliers (cf. chapter 8.1). 

 

IARC monograph on DCM

January 2017

DCM has been re-classified by IARC (IARC website) from Group 2B (Possibly carcinogenic to humans) to the next higher Group 2A (Probably carcinogenic to humans). This reclassification from 2014 has been published recently (Dichloromethane). In the opinion of ECSA the reclassification is not scientifically justified. IARC Monograph classifications are also questioned by other associations such as the American Chemical Council (ACC). However the IARC classification is of no regulatory relevance in EU as European legislation is triggered by classification according to the CLP (GHS) regulation (EC 1272/2008).  

 

New Study on DCM

October 2016

Together with HSIA, ECSA supported a study to clarify the mode of action of cancer formation for methylene chloride (DCM). A publication is expected soon in a peer reviewed scientific journal. The outcome of the study shows that below a threshold there is no risk on cancer formation related to DCM.

 

Use of Perchloroethylene safe in Germany

October 2016

The German federal authorities (LAS) published a comprehensive guidance on the safe use of PER in dry-cleaning based on German regulations (2. BImSchV in force since 1990). ECSA supported the English translation of this guidance, which is now available on the website of the LAVG, the federal authority in charge. 

The  recent exposure study of the LAS (2015) , as referenced in the guideline, proved that the use of PER is safe, if PER is applied according to regulations such as the 2. BImSchV and exposure is very low, well below the current German OEL.