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RoHS, WEEE and REACH Compliance

 
| RoHS | WEEE | REACH | Conflict Minerals | Proposition 65 |
 
The purpose of this page is to present information on the objectives of the RoHS, WEEE, REACH and Conflict Minerals Directives, Prop 65 and who, among the manufacturers we support, are actively pursuing compliance.
 

RoHS Compliance

The RoHS Directive will ban placement into the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than designated maximum allowable levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants, effective July 1, 2006.

RoHS works in conjunction with the EU WEEE Directive. RoHS supports WEEE by reducing the amount of hazardous chemicals used in production.  In turn it reduces the risk of exposure to recycling staff as well as reduction in recycling costs.  Manufacturers will need to ensure that their products, parts and components comply with RoHS in order to be distributed and sold in the EU. Reference RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC.

 

Substances Restricted by RoHS

From 1st July 2006, new electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market in the European Union shall not contain substances known to be harmful to humans and animal life:

  • Lead (Pb)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Hexavalent chromium (VI) (Cr (VI)
  • Certain brominated flame retardants (BFR's)
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB's)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE's)

The Maximum Concentration Values are 0.1% by weight (1000 ppm) in “homogeneous materials” for lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenylethers, and 0.01% by weight (100ppm) for cadmium. These limits will apply to all components within the equipment, unless otherwise exempt.

 

Steven Engineering Suppliers

Steven Engineering wants to inform you about exactly what suppliers are doing to change their parts so that they are in compliance with these regulations.  To help identify what manufacturers are currently complying with these initiatives, please review the list below:

RoHS/WEEE/REACH COMPLIANCE STATEMENTS
ABB, Inc. HellermanTyton Phoenix Contact
Ame electric Hevi-Duty Pro-face by Scheider Electric
Advantech Automation Hobbs PULS
American Power Produtcs Honeywell Sensing & Control Red Lion Controls
Anderson Power Products Hycal Redinton Counters
APC by Schneider Electric Hyde Park Releco
Baldor IDEC Rethink Robotics
Berger Lahr Integra Enclosures Rittal
B-Line by Eaton Interbus Robroy Enclosures
Bussmann by Eaton Jefferson Electric Schmersal
Carling Technologies KB Electronics Schneider Electric
Carlingswitch Kubler LAPP USA SE Relays
Carlo Gavazzi LAPP Group Shawmut
Clarostat Littelfuse Sixnet
Connectron Magnecraft Skinner Valve
Contract Electronics Magnum SMC Pneumatics
Cooper/Bussmann Mencom SolaHD
Curtis Industries Merlin Gerlin Square D
Cynergy3 Mersen SSAC
Data Instruments Micro Switch Stahlin
Datasensor Micron Industries Steeplechase
Elmwood Sensors Modicon Symcom
Emerson Industrial Automation Moog Animatics TCP
Emerson Process Management Murrplastik Thomas & Betts
Engler Newport Electronics Topworkx
Entivity NSK (Europe LTD) Total Control Products
Epic N-Tron Trumeter Technologies
E-T-A Olflex Turck
Ferraz Shawmut Opto 22 United Electric
Finder Relays Panduit United Technologies
Fortress Interlocks Parker-Hannifin USD
Gemco Patlite Valvetop
Go Switch PBC Linear Xycom Automation (pro-face by SE)
Harting Pepperl + Fuchs  
 

 

WEEE Compliance  

 

The European Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) applies to a wide range of electronic and electrical products. WEEE encourages the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment. WEEE makes producers and importers responsible for financing of the collection, treatment and recovery of WEEE. Reference: The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2002/96/EC, as amended by 2003/108/EC. 

 

WEEE Product Scope

The following product categories are affected by WEEE:

  • Large Household Appliances
  • Small Household Appliances
  • IT and Telecommunications Equipment
  • Consumer Equipment
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Electronic and Electrical tools
  • Toys, Leisure, and Sport Equipment
  • Medical Devices
  • Monitoring and Control Instruments
  • Automatic Dispensers

The national governments are in the pursuit of clarifying the breadth of these categories.  Further updates will be published as it is received. 

The following products are either not included, exempt or out of scope of WEEE:

  • Implanted and Infected Products
  • Large Scale Stationary Industrial Tools
  • Military Products
  • Automotive Products
  • Aerospace/Aircraft Products
  • Surface Transportation Products
 

 

REACH Compliance

REACH is the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force by the European Union (EU) on June 1st, 2007. The main aims of REACH are to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, the promotion of alternative test methods, the free circulation of substances on the internal market and enhancing competitiveness and innovation.

All manufacturers and importers of chemicals must identify and manage risks linked to the substances they manufacture and market. For substances manufactured or imported in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year per company, manufacturers and importers need to demonstrate that they have appropriately done so by means of a registration dossier, which must be submitted to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

  • The Agency checks that the registration dossier complies with the Regulation.
  • Authorities may also select substances for a broader substance evaluation to further investigate substances of concern.
  • REACH also foresees an authorization system aiming to ensure that substances of very high concern are properly controlled, and progressively replaced by suitable alternative substances or technologies where these are economically and technically viable.
  • EU authorities may impose restrictions on the manufacture, use or placing on the market of substances causing an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment.

Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern for Authorization

 

 

Conflict Minerals

In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, which directs the Commission to issue rules requiring certain companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals if those minerals are “necessary to the functionality or production of a product” manufactured by those companies. Under the Act, those minerals include tantalum, tin, gold or tungsten.

Congress enacted Section 1502 of the Act because of concerns that the exploitation and trade of conflict minerals by armed groups is helping to finance conflict in the DRC region and is contributing to an emergency humanitarian crisis. Section 1502 of the Act amends the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 to add Section 13(p).

A company that uses any of the designated minerals is required to conduct a reasonable ‘country of origin’ inquiry that must be performed in good faith and be reasonably designed to determine whether any of its minerals originated in the covered countries or are from scrap or recycled sources.

Steven Engineering is aware of the conflict mineral reporting obligations legislated by Section 1502 of the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and we are committed to helping our customers comply with these reporting requirements.

As a distributor of electronic, electrical, electromechanical (EEE), and related components, we do not design, manufacture, or control the content of any products. Therefore, we rely upon our manufacturer partners to advise as to the conflict mineral status of the products we distribute.

Because Steven Engineering does not control the material content of the products we sell, Steven Engineering cannot complete web links, spreadsheets, and/or sign off on customer letters or documents due to related liability issues. However, we will help in supporting our customers by directing you to the manufacturer's site regarding their position on conflict mineral reporting.

Shown below are a list of several manufacturer's conflict minerals compliance statements. Please review the information.

CONFLICT MINERALS STATEMENTS
Advantech Emerson Process Management Littelfuse
B-Line by Eaton Exlar Mersen
Baldor Federal Signal Moog Animatics
Bussmann by Eaton Finder Relays NSK
Carling Technologies Fortress Interlocks PBC Linear
Crydom Heyco Phoenix Contact
Danaher Control Honeywell Sensing & Control Rittal
Eaton Hubbell Wiring Device - Kellems Turck
Emerson Industrial Automation IDEC United Technologies
 

 
 

Proposition 65

Proposition 65 became law in November 1986, when California voters approved it by a 63-37 percent margin. The official name of Proposition 65 is the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. This prohibits California businesses from knowingly discharging significant amounts of listed chemicals into sources of drinking water.

Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.  These chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By requiring that this information be provided, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals. This also requires California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 900 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.

As a distributor of electronic, electrical, electromechanical (EEE), and related components, we do not design, manufacture, or control the content of any products. Therefore, we rely upon our manufacturer partners to advise as to the conflict mineral status of the products we distribute.

Because Steven Engineering does not control the material content of the products we sell, Steven Engineering cannot complete web links, spreadsheets, and/or sign off on customer letters or documents due to related liability issues. However, we will help in supporting our customers by directing you to the manufacturer's site regarding their position on conflict mineral reporting.

Shown below are a list of several manufacturer's conflict minerals compliance statements. Please review the information.


 
PROPOSITION 65 COMPLIANCE STATEMENTS
Allied Moulded Products Integra Enclosures Opto 22
AMETEK Automation & Process Technologies Lapp USA Parker-Hannifin
B/W Controls Leviton Phoenix Contact
Cooper Industries Littelfuse Pro-face by Schneider Electric
Cooper/Bussmann by Eaton Mersen Schneider Electric
Heyco NSK Total Control Products
IDEC    
 

  Proposition 65 in Plain Language

 

  Article 6: Questions & Answers for Businesses

 

 
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