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VOC Solvents Directive

Guidance documents on substitution of solvents by Activities

(list of all activites | all documents on this page are in pdf format)

Documents relevant to all sectors or those of general interest not related to a specific sector


Author: Solvents Industry Association

Year : 2003

Issues covered:

Fitness for use

Human Health

Environment

Economics

Solvent management plan

Main activities covered : All

Content summary

This guide describes the use of intermediate bulk containers (IBC) and outlines the main factors for correctly selecting this method to transport solvents e.g. compatibility of IBC with the solvent to be carried, flash point of solvent, static electricity. This transport method has also been recommended in the latest BREF for Surface Treatment using organic solvents (section 20.13.6)

Author: ESIG

Year : N/A

Issues covered:

Fitness for use

Human Health

Environment

Economics

Solvent management plan

Main activities covered : All

Content summary

This guidance document provides information for using hydrocarbon and oxygenated solvents safely, particularly in Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs). It particularly focuses on solvent exposure via inhalation and recommends measures to control exposure depending on the risk phase assigned to each solvent.

Title: Reduce VOC and HAP Emissions
(protected by copyright, see content summary)

Author: Edward C. Moretti

Year : 2002

Issues covered:

Fitness for use

Human Health

Environment

Economics

Solvent management plan

Main activities covered : All

Content summary

This journal article presents in detail a number of abatement technologies that can be applied to reduce emissions of VOCs and hazardous air pollutant (HAP). The document is likely to be useful to chemical engineers for evaluating and selecting abatement technologies. Investment and operating costs for the technologies are also quoted.
Please note that this article, published in the Chemical Engineering Process Magazine, 2002, 98, 6, 30-40, is under copyright and must be purchased (for example, via the British Library).

Author: UBA (Federal Environmental Agency Germany)

Year : 2002

Issues covered:

Fitness for use

Human Health

Environment

Economics

Solvent management plan

Main activities covered : All

Content summary

This document is an implementation guide for Germany regarding the VOC Solvents Directive. Although not directly relevant to the substitution principle of Article 7 of the VOC Solvents Directive, this guide provides information on solvent management plans and reduction schemes and uses case studies to illustrate how these plans and schemes can be applied to various activities.

Author: Envirowise

Year : 2004

Issues covered:

Fitness for use

Human Health

Environment

Economics

Solvent management plan

Main activities covered : All (except 11)

Content summary

This document is a practice guide for developing a solvent management plan for any company that uses solvents.

Author: Defra and Environment Agency

Year : 2003

Issues covered:

Fitness for use

Human Health

Environment

Economics

Solvent management plan

Main activities covered : All

Content summary

This sector document note is issued following consultation with relevant trade bodies and provides guidance for new and existing installations in the surface treating using organic solvents sector. It describes best available techniques and a solvent management plan to comply with VOC emission limits.

Author: ESIG

Year : N/A

Issues covered:

Fitness for use

Human Health

Environment

Economics

Solvent management plan

Main activities covered : All

Content summary

The purpose of this graph is to provide a schematic overview of the VOC abatement techniques against two important criteria: VOC concentration and flow rate. This is shown for indicative purposes and is not meant to be exhaustive.

Author: ESIG

Year : N/A

Issues covered:

Fitness for use

Human Health

Environment

Economics

Solvent management plan

Main activities covered : All

Content summary

Reference table of solvents and CAS numbers.

Author: ESIG

Year : N/A

Issues covered:

Fitness for use

Human Health

Environment

Economics

Solvent management plan

Main activities covered : All

Content summary

This guidance note provides basic information to assist solvent users in the design of simple and effective solvent emissions monitoring programmes.

Author: European Commission

Year : 2001

Issues covered:

Fitness for use

Human Health

Environment

Economics

Solvent management plan

Main activities covered : General

Content summary

BREF note on the application of Best Available Techniques to Industrial Cooling Systems, which makes reference to the use of powder coatings. This is a general approach which has the potential for high reductions in VOC emissions in some situations.

Author: NIOSH

Year : 1998

Issues covered:

Fitness for use

Human Health

Environment

Economics

Solvent management plan

Main activities covered : 4, 11, General

Content summary

This document presents the advantages and disadvantages of three potential alternative measures to dry cleaning with perchloroethylene (PERC): wet cleaning, petroleum based dry cleaning and liquid carbon dioxide.

Author: Envirowise

Year : First printed 1996

Issues covered:

Fitness for use

Human Health

Environment

Economics

Solvent management plan

Main activities covered : All

Content summary

This general guidance provides tips on good housekeeping measures that are practicable and affordable. Good housekeeping can be applied throughout the manufacturing cycle, from delivery, storage, onsite distribution and handling, to process use, cleaning, waste recovery and disposal.

Author: Envirowise

Year : First printed 1998

Issues covered:

Fitness for use

Human Health

Environment

Economics

Solvent management plan

Main activities covered : All

Content summary

This Good Practice Guide is intended to help companies track their solvent use and identify opportunities to reduce solvent consumption and waste, thus reducing costs. A step by step approach to developing a solvent inventory is presented.

Author: ESIG

Year : N/A

Issues covered:

Fitness for use

Human Health

Environment

Economics

Solvent management plan

Main activities covered : General

Content summary

This guide aims to assist solvent users, particularly Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs), in using both hydrocarbon and oxygenated solvents safely, particularly at managing solvent exposure in relation to the inhalation of vapour. Various control measures are described for chemicals with varying risk hazard, and case studies are presented where practicable control measures are identified.

Author: N/A

Year : N/A

Issues covered:

Fitness for use

Human Health

Environment

Economics

Solvent management plan

Main activities covered : General

Content summary

This document outlines some suggested evaluation steps to switching from solvent-based to waterborne coatings. Practical applications of a number of waterborne coatings to industrial activities are also displayed.