ECSA recommends the use of state of the art machines for the safe use of its solvents in dry- and metal cleaning.

Firbimatic dry cleaning machineFirbimatic dry cleaning machineChlorinated Solvents should be used in closed systems to avoid workers over-exposure and minimise emissions to the environment. 

Machines should be regularly inspected and maintained to be kept in good conditions (to adhere to regulatory requirements).

Closed machines reduce the quantity of virgin solvent need significantly, due to continued recycling.

The continued re-use of the solvent could lead to degradation and acidification. To maintain solvent quality and avoid corrosion within closed machines solvents should be regularly tested and restabilised accordingly. Further information can be received from your solvent supplier.

Be aware of potential exposure occuring during solvent transfer and use dry-to-dry connections or vapour return lines wherever possible.

Chlorinated Solvents should be discharged and recharged following the procedures recommended by the solvent or machine suppliers which also includes the frequency of recharge and discharge of chlorinated solvents. For more information, please download the (non-exhaustive) list of machine suppliers (PDF) and Machine Recommendations.

 

Revision: 02/2018

 

 

Angelica Candido joins as ECSA Sector Group Manager

February 2019

This month, Angelica Candido started at Euro Chlor as Sector Group Manager for the European Chlorinated Solvents Association (ECSA) and European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) Sector Groups.

Previously Ms. Candido worked as a toxicologist for Penman Consulting, where she managed and coordinated EU chemical registrations under REACH/CLP regulation (and occasionally non-EU) and related tasks. In this role, she coordinated medium/large testing programmes, which included collaborative relationships with clients, research organisations and third parties.

Angelica graduated in Toxicology and Environmental health at Utrecht University, where she focused on endocrine disruptor activities of crude and refined petroleum products.


 

TRI Authorisations granted

September 2018

Trichloroethylene (TRI) can be used safely under controlled conditions. Five authorisations have been granted to BlueCube Germany (a subsidiary of Olin) to continue to produce TRI for specific uses, for example Industrial Parts Cleaning. Customers of this producer can use TRI for these applications under the conditions set by the EU Commission and the defined risk management measures.


 

UBA PMT criteria published

February 2018

The German Environment Agency (UBA, Umweltbundesamt) has published the assessment of "Persistence, Mobility and Toxicity (PMT)" with the desire to protect drinking water sources. Applying conservative criteria for PMT as defined by UBA, perchloroethylene (PER) and trichloroethylene (TRI) appear as number 2 and 3 on the report. UBA also aims to establish PMT as an equivalent concern to identify SVHC substance for authorisation under REACH. ECSA does not consider SVHC identification using PMT criteria as the appropriate tool to improve drinking water quality due to this being a pure hazard based approach and thus does not consider risk. TRI is already listed in Annex XIV (authorisation) and today PER is handled almost exclusively in closed systems with no intentional emission to water or soil. For further information see the ECSA position paper on PER here.


 

New Study on Dichloromethane

February 2018

Together with HSIA, ECSA supported a study to clarify the mode of action of cancer formation for Dichloromethane (DCM). The study results have been published end of 2018. The outcome of the study shows that below the threshold there is no risk of cancer formation related to DCM.

The full paper is available here.