RoHS Directive Overview
What is RoHS?
RoHS, also known as Directive 2011/65/EU, stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. Originated by the EU, it restricts the use of particular hazardous materials discovered in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE). All corresponding products in the UK market must pass RoHS compliance. EU Directive 2011/65/EU (Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electronic and Electrical Equipment) restricts the number of hazardous substances that can be used in the production of electrical and electronic equipment.
Restricted materials sanctioned under RoHS are:
- mercury (Hg)
- cadmium (Cd)
- lead (Pb)
- polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
- hexavalent chromium (Cr (VI))
- polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)
- four different phthalates
- Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
- Butyl Benzyl phthalate (BBP)
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
- Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
Why is RoHS compliance so important?
The banned substances pollute landfills and are hazardous to the environment. Furthermore, they are dangerous in terms of occupational exposure during manufacturing and recycling. RoHS compliance ensures that the above-mentioned materials are prevented from entering the waste stream with a consequential adverse impact on the health of humans and animals.
Many types of Electrical & Electronic Equipment (EEE) are regulated to verify the levels of chemicals and hazardous substances that they contain.
The scope of regulations has been extended to ALL electrical & electronic equipment (EEE) regardless of their purpose, design or type.
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