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

Angelica Candido joins as ECSA Sector Group Manager

February 2019

This month, Angelica Candido started at Euro Chlor as Sector Group Manager for the European Chlorinated Solvents Association (ECSA) and European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) Sector Groups.

Previously Ms. Candido worked as a toxicologist for Penman Consulting, where she managed and coordinated EU chemical registrations under REACH/CLP regulation (and occasionally non-EU) and related tasks. In this role, she coordinated medium/large testing programmes, which included collaborative relationships with clients, research organisations and third parties.

Angelica graduated in Toxicology and Environmental health at Utrecht University, where she focused on endocrine disruptor activities of crude and refined petroleum products.


 

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.