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, Italian, German 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: