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
November 2017 

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.
More information

 

TRI Authorisations granted

September 2018

Trichloroethylene (TRI) can be used safely under controlled conditions. Five authorisations have been granted to BlueCube Germany (a subsidiary of Olin) to continue to produce TRI for specific uses, for example Industrial Parts Cleaning. Customers of this producer can use TRI for these applications under the conditions set by the EU Commission and the defined risk management measures.


 

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 Dichloromethane

February 2018

Together with HSIA, ECSA supported a study to clarify the mode of action of cancer formation for Dichloromethane (DCM). The study results have been published end of 2018. The outcome of the study shows that below the threshold there is no risk of cancer formation related to DCM.

The full paper is available here.