By product and application

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 we can achieve better efficiency of use, more value from each molecule of solvent and reduced potential for exposure.

This Vision Element should achieve the benefits of:

  • 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 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 do take into account REACH (1907/2006/EC 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.

    However, 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 is sharing events; e.g. a joint yearly General Assembly with reports on activities in the different committees
  • ECSA is liaising with Euro Chlor on its new Sustainability Programme 2011-2020.

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 is safe in Germany

October 2016

The German federal authorities 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 exposure study, 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.