Stakeholder engagement and communication

This Vision Element will be critical to ensure that ECSA and its members receive worthwhile and operational feedback and proper recognition from external stakeholders for the sustainability initiative.

Ultimately, this should also lead to a degree of co-determination of the sustainability of the chlorinated solvents industry, as several stakeholder groups will contribute to shaping its future.

1. ECSA will complete a detailed mapping of the activities, drivers and concerns of its priority stakeholders

A Chlorinated Solvent Stakeholder & End-user Perceptions Survey by IAL found that 75% of stakeholders are interested in more information on Chlorinated Solvents. Thus, ECSA has completely renovated the content and structure of the ECSA website in 2010 and 2011.

2. ECSA will translate its Sustainability strategy into a set of key messages, and will develop tools to support their delivery and report progress

Euro Chlor, representing the European Chlor-Alkali industry, issues the Chlorine Industry Review on the occasion of its Annual General Meeting. It gives an overview of the most important dossiers the federation has been working on, and presents the progress achieved in the sectoral sustainability programme.

ECSA extends its reporting on all nine sustainability objectives and includes its progress report 2007-2011 in the widely disseminated  Euro Chlor Annual Review as part of the Chlorine Industry value chain.

3. ECSA will be in active dialogue with its priority stakeholders around its Sustainability Action Plan, and reflect stakeholder concerns in the ongoing implementation of the Action Plan

A Chlorinated Solvent Stakeholder & End-user Perceptions Survey by IAL found   that 75% of stakeholders are interested in more information on Chlorinated Solvents. Thus, ECSA has completely renovated the content and structure of the ECSA website tools for active dialogue:

Additional communication tools have been included to increase the dialogue with other stakeholders towards a pro-active communication.

The SME support is targeting Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. As part of its continuous effort to encourage responsible and safe handling of chlorinated solvents, ECSA has developed several information and guidance documents designed to help use  chlorinated solvents not only in the most effective but also in the safest and most responsible manner by following best industry practices.

Downstream users of chlorinated solvents range from big multinational to small and medium size enterprises (SME) with the big majority tending to be SME's and micro-SMEs.

As part of its continuous effort to encourage responsible and safe handling of chlorinated solvents, ECSA has developed several information and guidance documents designed to help using chlorinated solvents not only in the most effective but also in the safest and most responsible manner by following best industry practices.

These information and guidance documents are of particular value for SMEs and comprise:

Additional information about safe handling of chlorinated solvents can be found on  the following web pages operated by ECSA member companies and affiliates:

The European Chlorinated Solvent Association (ECSA) has developed an online toolbox to provide users of chlorinated solvents with information about the safe & sustainable use of the products. Follow the link to the ECSA Product & Application Toolbox, a Guidance on Safe & Sustainable Use of Chlorinated Solvents.

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.