Product & Application Toolbox

A broad stakeholder consultation revealed that emissions of chlorinated solvents are the cause of most of the pressure being brought to bear against chlorinated solvents products. By reducing emissions better efficiency of use, more value from each molecule of solvent and reduced exposure can be achieved.

This Vision Element covers:

  • Driving industry and product sustainability by identifying challenges or opportunities for each emissive application
  • Ensuring safety for human health and environment
  • Demonstrating continual improvement of sustainability in emissive applications
  • Resolving issues over impact of energy and raw materials

ECSA will analyze all emissive applications, prioritize them, and define sustainability improvement actions.

  • ECSA has so far reviewed an impressive total of 60 applications
  • ECSA Product&Application Toolbox

 

 

ECSA has developed an online toolbox freely accessible via the ECSA website to provide users of chlorinated solvents with information about the safe & sustainable use of the products. It is built as a self-explanatory guide based on a simple decision tree of product applications to lead the user readily to the proper information on safe use, environmental protection as well as legislative requirements.

 

The recommendations take into account REACH (Regulation EC 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) as well as other European legislation or voluntary industry commitments. The content of the Toolbox is based on the REACH Chemical Safety Assessment (CSA) of the substances. In addition, the Toolbox also includes recommendations based on experience of ECSA members that go beyond the given legal framework of the CSA under REACH.

See the ECSA Product&Application Toolbox page.

 

Raw material, energy & production aspects will be coordinated with upstream organizations

  • ECSA is in constant dialogue with Euro Chlor and other CEFIC groups.
  • ECSA is liaising with Euro Chlor on its new Sustainability Programme 2011-2020.

Revision: 02/2018

Montreal Protocol Meeting - ECSA & HSIA side event

November 2017

DCM & the ozone layer
24 November 2017 – 13hrs – Montréal

During this side event, we will provide you with scientific facts and figures on the worldwide production, emissions of the VSLS Dichloromethane (DCM) and its negligible contribution to ozone depletion.
We will consider the following criteria: global production by industry and emissions, global natural production, behavior and effect on the atmosphere, regulatory overview for DCM. The full paper is available here. A one-pager summary is also available.
More information

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). 

 

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 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.