Storage & Handling

ECSA Guidance on Storage and Handling

The ECSA Guidance on Storage and Handling exists since the 1980's and has been updated several times. This guidance is intended to help distributors and users of chlorinated solvents to handle those products safely and with care, thus protecting human health and environment against possible negative impact.

Since the issue of the 3rd edition of this guidance, in 2000, additional care has been taken to illustrate modern equipment in surface and dry cleaning for a safe & sustainable use of chlorinated solvents. In the 4th edition the storage part of this guidance has been adapted with recommendations to the use of state-of-the-art equipment. In the 5th edition a complete review has been performed and information on recycling & disposal included.

Download the ECSA Guidance on Storage and Handling document (pdf) in English, French, ItalianGerman or Russian.

  

ECSA Product & Application Toolbox

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.

 

Safety & Quality Assessment System for Distributors of Chlorinated Solvents

ESAD (European Single Assessment Document) is part of the SQAS (Safety & Quality Assessment System) which 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. Assessment results, established by an independent body, can be evaluated by the individual chemical producing company and can be used in the process of evaluating the safety, health and environmental performance of distributors and in defining areas for improvement with each of them (source: sqas.org).

  

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.