ECSA has already put six different awareness programmes in place
1. 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.
2. 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
In this guidance, ECSA strongly
recommends the use of modern closed equipment of Best Available
3. Chlorinated Solvents: Revised Safety & Quality
Assessment Questionnaire for Distributors of Chlorinated Solvents
With an updated Safety & Quality
Assessment questionnaire in 2011, ECSA aims to enhance the overall
safety and quality level in the chlorinated solvents distribution
The reviewed questionnaire is
applicable to distributors of the chlorinated solvents
perchloroethylene (PER), trichloroethylene (TRI) and
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 sqas.org
4. 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.
5. Perchloroethylene: E-DryClean sustainable dry cleaning
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 http://www.cinet-online.net/edryclean/.
The professional textile care industry
recognized ECSA and its partners through its Excellence Award 2010
for this awareness programme of sustainable professional textile
Download the CINET
Excellence Award 2010 document (pdf)
More information about E-DryClean initiative on
6. Trichloroethylene: Charter for the safe use of
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