ECSA vision

One of the most well-researched categories of chemicals, chlorinated solvents are used in a variety of applications, which are mainly industrial. The properties and the health and environmental characteristics of these products have become better known over the years; as a result, the chlorinated solvents industry has engaged in active risk management and risk reduction programmes, including, for example, the development of solvents management services.

During the course of implementing measures under the ECSA Sustainability Programme, the REACH legislation was introduced in Europe and ECSA integrated REACH aspects into the existing Sustainability Programme.

All in all, the ECSA Sustainability Programme allows ECSA to review consistently and in depth the sustainability of chlorinated solvents, and to set itself challenging though achievable long-term objectives ensuring the sustainable use and end-of-life management of chlorinated solvents.

The Vision has 3 identified Key Elements:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ECSA Vision Elements identify the three key areas in which the chlorinated solvents industry is taking concrete steps to ensure its sustainability.

The objectives assigned under each key Element are not only a matter for ECSA members; they require direct and concrete engagement with third parties such as value chain actors and other external stakeholders.

These three Elements are the building blocks of ECSA's Vision. They set out the long-term objectives required to achieve the Vision, they identify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that will help ECSA determine where it stands relative to these objectives, resulting in nine concrete objectives.

The sections outline the rationale for each Vision Element, highlights the specific objectives attached to each Element, and the performance indicators against which their implementation will be judged.

Internal pages of this chapter

Sustainability by product and application page
Value chain engagement page
Stakeholder engagement and communication page

Last update: 06/2014

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.