ECSA works to support the long-term sustainability of the chlorinated solvent industry.
The association defines and promotes safe practice as well as commissions toxicological studies to further increase our knowledge of the products.

About Chlorinated Solvents

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Methylene chloride used in closed systems e.g. pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals and process chemicals.

Perchloroethylene used in dry-cleaners, in industrial textile treatment and for metal surface cleaning.

Trichloroethylene used into the production of other chemicals such as refrigeration or air conditioning systems.

Safety & Technology

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ECSA Guidance on Storage and Handling 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.

Download the Guide in English, French, Italian, German or Russian.

Regulatory Compliance

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The ECSA Information Sheet for dry-cleaners has been updated to reflect the current legislation on perchloroethylene (PER) in dry-cleaning and to answer questions from the public that we have addressed to dry-cleaning associations.

Download the latest version of the ECSA Information Sheet for dry-cleaners

Sustainability

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ECSA analyzed 60 applications and summarized recommendations for a safe & sustainable use of the chlorinated solvents in an online toolbox. This Product & Application Toolbox contains recommendations for more than 350 individual activities.

Consult the Product & Application Toolbox.

IARC monograph on DCM

January 2017

DCM has been re-classified by IARC (IARC website) from Group 2B (Possibly carcinogenic to humans) to the next higher Group 2A (Probably carcinogenic to humans). This reclassification from 2014 has been published recently (Dichloromethane). In the opinion of ECSA the reclassification is not scientifically justified. IARC Monograph classifications are also questioned by other associations such as the American Chemical Council (ACC). However the IARC classification is of no regulatory relevance in EU as European legislation is triggered by classification according to the CLP (GHS) regulation (EC 1272/2008).  

 

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.

 

Use of Perchloroethylene safe in Germany

October 2016

The German federal authorities (LAS) published a comprehensive guidance on the safe use of PER in dry-cleaning based on German regulations (2. BImSchV in force since 1990). ECSA supported the English translation of this guidance, which is now available on the website of the LAVG, the federal authority in charge. 

The  recent exposure study of the LAS (2015) , as referenced in the guideline, proved that the use of PER is safe, if PER is applied according to regulations such as the 2. BImSchV and exposure is very low, well below the current German OEL.