They can be used safely and sustainably
Chlorinated solvents are well studied substances that have been used for decades. REACH and other regulations, distributor assessments and ECSA guidance, such as the ECSA Safe Handling Brochure, support the safe handling along the supply chain. Chlorinated solvents have also led to the development of state-of-the-art handling and storage technologies for emission and contact free solvent transfer.
Perchloroethylene, for example, helps to save water in professional textile cleaning. Unlike many other solvents, it improves safety in handling as it is non-flammable. Furthermore, new technology is being developed that recycles the solvent on-site, meaning a reduced carbon footprint and increased safety due to less handling.