Perchloroethylene: Surface Cleaning and Vapour Degreasing Insights

Are you seeking information about the use of perchloroethylene in surface cleaning and vapour degreasing applications? At Midland Deburr and Finish Ltd, we provide valuable insights to help you navigate the regulatory landscape. Here's what you need to know:

Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) Compliance: The IED sets standards for emissions control. It allows a level of derogation up to 1000kg or a maximum of 20mg in the vent stack. Compliance with this directive is enforced by both the Environmental Agency and Local Authorities.

Environmental Legislation and Solvent Losses: Environmental legislation regulates the use of perchloroethylene. It permits a maximum amount of unaccountable solvent losses or requires the implementation of carbon abatement measures to minimize environmental impact.

Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA) and Occupational Exposure Limit (OEL): The HASAWA, enacted in 1974, ensures workplace safety. The OEL establishes the permissible exposure limit for perchloroethylene, with an 8-hour Time Weighted Average (TWA) of 20ppm. Compliance with these regulations is monitored and enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Operator and Workplace Safety: As an end user, it is crucial to demonstrate a safe working environment for operators and individuals in the vicinity. Compliance with HASAWA and maintaining exposure levels within the OEL limit is essential to protect the health and well-being of your workforce.

At Midland Deburr and Finish Ltd, we understand the importance of adhering to regulations and ensuring the safety of our operations. Our knowledgeable team can guide you through the complexities of perchloroethylene use in surface cleaning and vapour degreasing, helping you achieve compliance and maintain a secure working environment.

For more information and expert advice on navigating the regulatory landscape, trust Midland Deburr and Finish Ltd as your reliable partner in surface cleaning and vapour degreasing applications involving perchloroethylene.


All chemical substances produced or imported into Europe require a REACH registered “USE”.

Following a CSR (Chemical Safety Report) and 12 month review, the USE of PERC was registered for surface cleaning/vapour degreasing ONLY in CLOSED technology.

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COMPLEASE Chemical Leasing is adopted to educate the workforce and optimise the chemicals associated with the application. UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) has recognised this business model with several awards. Chemical Leasing is a business model that intends to shift the focus from increasing sales volume of chemicals towards a value-added approach. It leads to the more efficient use of chemicals, and to the improved health and safety, environmental, and economic benefits.

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