Machines & Machine suppliers

ECSA recommends the use of state of the art machines for the safe use of its solvents in dry- and metal cleaning.

Firbimatic dry cleaning machineFirbimatic dry cleaning machineChlorinated Solvents should be used in closed systems to avoid workers over-exposure and minimise emissions to the environment. 

Machines should be regularly inspected and maintained to be kept in good conditions (to adhere to regulatory requirements).

Closed machines reduce the quantity of virgin solvent need significantly, due to continued recycling.

The continued re-use of the solvent could lead to degradation and acidification. To maintain solvent quality and avoid corrosion within closed machines solvents should be regularly tested and restabilised accordingly. Further information can be received from your solvent supplier.

Be aware of potential exposure occuring during solvent transfer and use dry-to-dry connections or vapour return lines wherever possible.

Chlorinated Solvents should be discharged and recharged following the procedures recommended by the solvent or machine suppliers which also includes the frequency of recharge and discharge of chlorinated solvents. For more information, please download the (non-exhaustive) list of machine suppliers (PDF) and Machine Recommendations.

 

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.
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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.