ECSA Publications

ECSA regularly publishes new or updated documents with scientific and technical information on the products for users and regulators, which you can read and/or download here :

  • Labels for Drums of Chlorinated Solvents - Perchloroethylene
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May 2017

  • Lables for Drums of Chlorinated Solvents- Dichloromethane
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June 2017

  • Recommendations for Cleaning Machines
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March 2017

  • Storage and Handling of Chlorinated Solvents

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September 2016

  • Information Sheet for Dry-Cleaners

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January 2016 

  • Health Profiles - Perchloroethylene

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December 2015

  • Health Profiles -  Dichloromethane

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December 2015

  • Product Safety Summaries Product Safety Summaries - Trichloroethylene

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November 2015

  • Product Safety Summaries Product Safety Summaries - Perchloroethylene

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December 2015

  • Product Safety Summaries Product Safety Summaries - Dichloromethane

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December 2015

  • Health Profiles - Trichloroethylene 

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November 2011 

  • List of Manufacturers of metal degreasing machines  

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March 2010 

  • Fact Sheet  - Closed equipment technology for metal degreasing

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February 2008

  • ECSA Sustainability Programme - Progress report

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2007-2012  

  • Tri Charter - For the safe use of Trichloroethylene 2007
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2007

  • Euro Chlor Marine Risk Assessment - Methylene Chloride (DCM)
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February 1999

  • Euro Chlor Marine Risk Assessment - Perchloroethylene (PER)
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June 1997

  • Euro Chlor Marine Risk Assessment - Trichloroethylene (TRI)

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June 1997

Montreal Protocol Meeting - ECSA & HSIA side event

November 2017

DCM & the ozone layer
24 November 2017 – 13hrs – Montréal

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.
More information

 

IOELVs for DCM, CTC and PER published

February 2017

Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) for DCM, CTC and PER have been published by the EU Commission (cf. DIRECTIVE (EU) 2017/164 of 31.1.2017), which are in line with the REACH DNEL(inhalation) for workers. 
These IOELVs have to be considered by member states for setting national exposure limits (OELs), which they have to accomplish by 21. August 2018. Only national OELs are legally binding for occupational safety, whereas the IOELVs have to be considered by users in case no OELs is set, yet.  The relevant OELs are provided with the SDS of the solvents suppliers (cf. chapter 8.1). 

 

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.