HSE reclassifies degreasing solvent as a carcinogen

powerful solvent used for degreasing surfaces has been reclassified as a
carcinogen by the European Union, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) warned.

often known as ‘trike’, is now classified as a category 2 carcinogen which
means it may cause cancer. The solvent is primarily used in vapour degreasing
tanks for cleaning metal parts and many users are small businesses.

is not banned and there may be some circumstances where it is the only option
for some degreasing operations.

recently published HSE Engineering Information Sheet No 34 gives advice to
managers on what the reclassification means and what action trichloroethylene
users should take.


By Ross Wigham

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