Value chain engagement

The buy-in and active involvement of the value chain will be essential to the overall success of the programme.

Collaboration with distributors and downstream users is the only way to ensure sustainability goals are met, as there are limits to what ECSA members can achieve in their own right.

ESAD (European Single Assessment Document) is part of the SQAS (Safety & Quality Assessment System) that is a system to evaluate the quality, safety, security and environmental performance of Logistics Service Providers and Chemical Distributors.

ESAD enables chemical producing companies to have the quality and safety management systems of their distributors assessed in a uniform manner, thus avoiding multiple assessments by each individual chemical company. Currently over 280 active assessment reports of distributors and their sites are listed in the ESAD database.

All ECSA members have committed themselves to the ESAD/SQAS programme.

The ESAD assessment questionnaire consists of four parts: Distributor Standard Activities, Site Assessment, Chlorinated Solvents, and Food, Cosmetic and/or Pharma. The questions on chlorinated solvents emphasize  the specific needs associated with chlorinated solvents and are provided together with guidelines for consideration by chlorinated solvent producers and distributors as a way to implement Responsible Care® continuous improvement initiatives (source: www.sqas.org).

A continuous yearly increase in positive answers of distributors, under the chlorinated solvent part, has been recognized in the ESAD programme since 2007. This leads to consistently high scores of distributors in the ESAD assessment.

ECSA has actively participated in a revision of the ESAD questionnaire for chlorinated solvents.

ECSA has already put six different awareness programmes in place:

  • Chlorinated Solvents: Awareness Questionnaire to the Value Chain
  • Chlorinated Solvents: Revised Guidance on Storage and Handling of Chlorinated Solvents
  • Chlorinated Solvents: Revised Safety & Quality Assessment Questionnaire for Distributors of Chlorinated Solvents (ESAD)
  • Dichloromethane: OECD HPV SIDS Commitment
  • Perchloroethylene: E-DryClean sustainable dry cleaning processing
  • Trichloroethylene: Charter for the safe use of Trichloroethylene

See more information about the six different awareness programmes  page

ECSA is in contact with the European Solvent Recyclers Group (ESRG), which aims to promote the safe and economic management of post-use solvents (www.esrg-online.eu). ECSA is regularly in dialogue with ESRG on latest information about 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 safe in Germany

October 2016

The German federal authorities (LAS) 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  recent exposure study of the LAS (2015) , 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.