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Solvent cleaning

ODS in solvents


Solvent users need to comply with certain ozone-depleting substance (ODS) obligations.


What you must do

ODS obligations

The use of solvents containing ODS is banned for any solvent cleaning activities, eg of electronic circuit boards, high precision metal components (used in sectors like aerospace) and optical components.

This includes

  •         hydrochlorofluorocarbons
  •         chlorofluorocarbons
  •         1-,1,1-trichloroethane
  •         chlorobromomethane
  •         carbon tetrachloride.

If you discover any ozone-depleting solvents you must dispose of them safely as hazardous waste. See
Hazardous/special waste


In this guideline

What are ozone-depleting substances?

Stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps: ODS controls

Fire protection equipment

Solvent cleaning

Specialist uses of ODS

How ODS regulations are enforced

Certificates for working with ODS in the European Union after the end of the Brexit transition period

ODS Legislation

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