ECSA awareness programmes

ECSA has already put six different awareness programmes in place

  • Chlorinated Solvents: Awareness Questionnaire to the Value Chain

ECSA has distributed an 'awareness questionnaire' on the safe use of chlorinated solvents in 2009. The findings were shared with the participants in the Value Chain with one particularly surprising result: no participant was aware of the ECSA storage and handling guidance being freely available on the internet. This result led ECSA to take immediate action with a revision and update of the ECSA Guidance of Storage and Handling of Chlorinated Solvents and wide communication

  • Chlorinated Solvents: Revised Guidance on Storage and Handling of Chlorinated Solvents

This guidance 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.

In this guidance, ECSA strongly recommends the use of modern closed equipment of Best Available Technology (BAT).







  • Chlorinated Solvents: Revised Safety & Quality Assessment Questionnaire for Distributors of Chlorinated Solvents (ESAD).

With an updated Safety & Quality Assessment questionnaire in 2011, ECSA aims to enhance the overall safety and quality level in the chlorinated solvents distribution chain.

The reviewed questionnaire is applicable to distributors of the chlorinated solvents perchloroethylene (PER), trichloroethylene (TRI) and dichloromethane (DCM).

The recently launched SQAS 2011 programme has been titled "SQAS: Driving excellence in safe and sustainable chemical logistics".
More information about Safety & Quality Assessment on

  • Dichloromethane: OECD HPV SIDS Commitment

The chemical industry provides the OECD with data and initial hazard assessments for approximately 1,000 HPV chemicals, representing more than 90% of global chemicals production. The information gathered consists of a Screening Information Data Set (SIDS) Dossier, which is a basic set of health and environmental data required for making an initial hazard assessment of HPV chemicals by the member countries of the OECD.

ECSA members are committed to improving the management and knowledge of their chemicals through voluntary initiatives such as the ICCA HPV (High Production Volume) Initiative. ECSA is actively supporting the Swiss authorities in preparing the SIDS Dossier for Dichloromethane and its submission to OECD in 2011.

  • Perchloroethylene: E-DryClean sustainable dry cleaning processing

E-DryClean is an international initiative to create practical and easily accessible education material, especially for the European dry-cleaning industry.

The didactical concept is based on e-learning and/or blended learning. E-learning is a complete digital self-study form of training, presented through a website.

E-DryClean offers six different training modules (best practices and working methods) including a module on Perchloroethylene, for which ECSA was leading partner. The E-DryClean Project groups 15 partners from eight European countries.

The objective of E-DryClean is to improve and adapt the educational level of entrepreneurs and employees working in dry cleaning sectors across the European Union. Read more about this project on the CINET website .

The professional textile care industry recognized ECSA and its partners through its Excellence Award 2010 for this awareness programme of sustainable professional textile care.

Download the CINET Excellence Award 2010 document (pdf)
More information about E-DryClean initiative on the CINET website

  • Trichloroethylene: Charter for the safe use of Trichloroethylene

ECSA and the producers of Trichloroethylene (TRI) have worked proactively with the EU authorities to develop a voluntary industry-wide commitment - the "TRI CHARTER". The charter is deemed to ensure adequate control of risks identified in the EU Risk Assessment related to the use of trichloroethylene in surface cleaning by use of closed systems, also for installations not covered by the VOC directive (now IED).

The charter - signed by all European Trichloroethylene producers and an importer - stipulates that latest by end 2010, trichloroethylene will only be supplied for metal cleaning or degreasing if the user has an enclosed cleaning system and has confirmed that trichloroethylene will only and exclusively be used in enclosed cleaning equipment.

Download the TRI Charter document (pdf)

Last update: 05/2018

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. The full paper is available here. A one-pager summary is also available.
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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). 


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 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.