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Solvents, protecting our food security

Solvents & the environment

This fact sheet shows how the solvents industry has implemented measures to address concerns about environmental performance and has worked with industry partners, scientists and legislators to further explore the need and the means to improve air quality in a cost-effective manner.

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Solvents & Ozone

This fact sheet  shows what part the solvents industry plays in reducing ozone peaks and how it has substantially reduced its emissions to contribute to air quality in Europe.

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VOCs and Indoor Air Quality

This September 2017 technical position paper shows the industry’s commitment to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and improving indoor air quality.

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RCP for setting occupational exposure limits for hydrocarbon solvents

This paper from July 2017 provides an update on the application of the reciprocal calculation procedure (RCP) method to calculate occupational exposure levels for hydrocarbon solvents taking into account recent toxicological information and changes in regulatory requirements.

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GES application & interpretation under REACH

This May 2011 scientific paper explores how generic exposure scenarios have been developed, applied and interpreted under REACH.

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Key lessons learned from European Air Quality legislation

The objective of this position paper is to share some of the key lessons learnt from the EU air quality legislation. This May 2017 paper shows the industry’s commitment to improve air quality.

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Air quality challenge in China and Asia

The objective of this technical position paper is to propose a way forward in improving (primarily Chinese) air quality by highlighting the need for accurate emissions inventories and air quality modelling. This April 2017 paper shows the industry’s commitment to improve air quality world-wide.

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EU Ecolabel

ESIG recognises that the EU Ecolabel has significant potential to promote the most sustainable products. This February 2017 paper demonstrates the industry’s continuous commitment to improve its products’ environmental footprint.

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Managing the health risks of solvent exposure

Learn how best to manage health risks from exposure to solvents via inhalation of vapours and contact with the skin and eyes. This guide also helps to explain the European regulations around health risk management.  This resource is especially useful for SMEs.

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Solvents: one word, many solutions

Find out the variety of ways solvents are present in and enhance our everyday lives.

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The solvents family

For many products to perform effectively, solvents are simply essential. Everyday, we benefit from the diverse range of available solvents and their unique properties. Read this brochure to learn more about solvents.

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The air quality challenge

This 2016 paper by John Pearson, Chair, ESVOC Core Group, outlines the air quality challenges from ozone and VOCs facing Europe, and how best to manage them. An excerpt of this article appeared in our 2016 Winter Solutions newsletter.

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Solvent VOC emissions inventories

Limiting greenhouse gas emissions is one of the biggest challenges of our time. This June 2015 paper shows how to quantify VOC inventories, particularly those from solvents, to reduce emissions.

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New emissions targets under NEC

ESIG is committed to working with EU institutions to improve air quality and implement the National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive while preserving the competitiveness of European industry. This June 2015 paper outlines our views on the NEC review in the European Parliament.

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Calculating the vapour pressure of hydrocarbon Solvents from simple physico-chemical properties

Determining the vapour pressures for solvents with low volatility can be difficult and time-consuming. This 2002 paper by Erik Olsen explains how to use a simple calculation tool to determine whether solvents are VOCs under the definition of the EU Solvent Emissions (NEC) Directive.

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ESIG information pack

This collection of fact sheets offers useful information on topics including: solvents and ozone, solvents and the environment, health and safety and much more.

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Carbon content of commonly used solvents

This fact sheet shows the amount of Carbon included in some of the most commonly used solvents. The list is divided between family (Alcohols, Esters, etc.), solvent, CAS number and Carbon content (%m).

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Measuring solvents

Measuring solvent vapour concentrations in the work environment

Measuring exposure to solvent vapours is key to understand whether the controls you have in place are sufficient to protect workers’ health. Learn about the available techniques and how to design effective measurement programmes for your workplace.

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Safe use of gloves

Gloves are key to safely using solvents at work. Learn about best practice from experts you and your team can rely on.

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Solvents@work poster

Ensure everyone at your workplace knows the do’s and don’ts for safely using solvents.

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10 tips for the safe use of gloves

Get 10 safety tips for using gloves that are simple and easy for anyone to understand.

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