RoHS and WEEE

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Introduction

We are committed to working closely with our suppliers, distributors, installers and customers to ensure that we are properly prepared and taking the necessary steps so as to comply with the new European Directives mentioned above.

The Key Elements of RoHS (Restricted use of Certain Hazardous Substances Directive)

Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) restricts the use of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers in certain electrical and electronic equipment as of 1 July 2006.

The aim of this is to protect human health and the environment by the restriction of the use of certain hazardous materials in electrical or electronic equipment.
Article 4 of the Directive lists these substances and gives the date for implementation as the 1st of July 2006
It says the following: – “Member states shall ensure that new electrical and electronic equipment does not contain lead, mercury, cadmium. hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE)
The directive does not apply to spare components for repair, or use in electrical/electronic equipment available for sale prior to the 1st of July 2006
The Directive affects manufacturers, all sellers and recyclers of electrical/electronic equipment.

Only the following product categories fall within the scope of the RoHS directive:

  • Large household appliances
  • Small household appliances
  • IT and telecommunications equipment
  • Consumer equipment
  • Lighting equipment (electric light bulbs and luminaires in households are explicitly included)
  • Electrical and electronics tools, with the exception of large-scale stationary
  • industrial tools
  • Toys, sports and leisure equipment
  • Automatic dispensers

Access Control products supplied by Progeny Ltd (with the exception of the products listed in the declaration of conformity) do not fall under the scope of Directive 2002/95/EC (“RoHS”). They also will not be incorporated, according to our knowledge, into products falling under the scope of this directive. However, we recognize that this may not always be the case and the benefits to the environment in making products that do comply with RoHS. We are therefore working to make all products fully compliant. For your records you may print this Declaration of Conformity.

Marking

There is no requirement within the RoHS Directive. However, we understand the need all in the supply chain to identify product that is legal to use. Since May 2006 we have been marking safe products with this symbol.

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What this mark means

Products supplied by Progeny with this mark either:

Fall within the scope of the directive and does not contain more than the permitted maximum concentration values of the restricted substances.
Does not fall within the scope of the directive.

Products supplied by Progeny without this mark:

Were “put on the market” (Article 4(1) of the RoHS Directive) before 1st July 2006 and are there for outside the scope of the directive.
Definitions
“Maximum Concentration Values” (MCVs)
Article 5.1.a of the RoHS Directive provides for the establishment values for restricted substances under the RoHS Directive by weight in homogeneous materials:
• 0.1% for lead
• 0.1% for Mercury
• 0.1% for hexavalent chromium
• 0.1% for polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
• 0.1% for polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)
• 0.01% for cadmium

“Homogeneous material”
Material that cannot be mechanically disjointed into different materials. The term “homogeneous” means “of uniform composition throughout”.

“Put on the market”
Article 10(3) of the WEEE Directive and Article 4(1) of the RoHS Directive refer to the initial action of making a product available for the first time on the Community market. This takes place when the product is transferred from the producer to a distributor or a final consumer or user on the Community market.

The Key Elements of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive)
This directive is aimed at the reduction of waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment and to improve the environment. Producers are encouraged to improve the life cycles of the equipment they manufacture.

Producers (manufacturers, distributors and sellers) will be responsible for financing the collection, treatment, recovery and disposal of WEEE from users.
By December of 2006, producers will be required to meet a series of demanding recycling and recovery targets for different categories of appliances.

We are, and will continue, monitoring our progress in complying with the directives. Many of our component and raw material suppliers are also working on their compliance with these forthcoming requirements and we will be working with them to ensure both are finished products and the component parts that make them up will comply with the directives when they come into force.

If we can be of any further help in regards to these matters please don’t hesitate to contact us.

More Information:
NWML are responsible enforcement of RoHS and have created a RoHS website
RoHS DTI Guidance Notes
WEEE DTI Guidance Notes

REPIC is a not-for-profit company, whose members currently represent over 70% by weight of the electrical and electronic products sold annually in the UK.

ORGALIME Orgalime is the European federation representing the interests at the level of the EU institutions of the European mechanical, electrical, electronic and metal articles industries as a whole. Member federations directly or indirectly represent some 130,000 companies of an industry which employs some 7 million people.

They have produced a very helpful Guide to RoHS and WEEE.

Read the 2002/95/EC RoHS Directive in full. UK RoHS regulations SI 2005 No 2748

Read the 2002/96/EC WEEE Directive in full. UK WEEE regulations TBA.

 

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