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.

This Vision Element covers:

Collaboration with distributors, downstream users and their associations.

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

 

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 chemicals distributors. ESAD enables chemicals producers to have 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.

The ESAD assessment for distributors consists of four parts: Standard Activities, Site Assessment, Chlorinated Solvents, and Food, Cosmetic and/or Pharma. The questions on chlorinated solvents, that ECSA is responsible for, emphasize the specific wish of chlorinated solvent producers to implement Responsible Care® and continuous improvement with their most important supply chain partners.

A continuous yearly increase in positive answers of distributors has been recognized in the ESAD programme since 2007 for the chlorinated solvent part. 

ECSA is also 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 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)
  • 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

Last update: 05/2018

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.