ECSA New Guidance on Storage and Handling for Chlorinated Solvents


The first ECSA Guidance on Storage and Handling has been issued in the Eighties of the last century. It has been updated several times since then, thus contributing to the protection of human health and the environment.

Since the issue of the 3rd edition of this guidance, in 2000, additional care has been taken to illustrate modern equipment in surface and dry cleaning for a safe & sustainable use of chlorinated solvents. In this last edition, the storage part of this guidance has been adapted with recommendations to the use of state-of-the-art equipment.

ECSA strongly recommends the use of modern closed equipment of Best Available Techniques (BAT). The use of modern equipment could increase the cleaning efficiency of a solvent molecule by a factor of 20 and more. The cleaning efficiency of chlorinated solvents used in modern equipment is currently unmatched because of the unique recycling properties of chlorinated solvents. This heavily increases the eco-efficiency of the chlorinated solvents.

The ECSA Guidance on Storage and Handling is accessible online:

Example of modern closed equipment:


Further information:
ECSA - European Chlorinated Solvent Association, Dr. Sébastien Gallet
Tel: +32 2 676 72 28, E-mail: ECSA[at] , Website :

Footnote to Editors:
About ECSA (European Chlorinated Solvent Association):

ECSA represents the interests of the producers of chlorinated solvents in the EU that are organized under Euro Chlor.

More than 90% of the European drinking water is made safe with chlorine and about 85 % of all medicines are synthesized using chlorine chemistry. Euro Chlor is a sector group of Cefic - the European Chemical Industry Council.