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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 COMPLIANCE STATEMENTS
80/20 Fenwal Electronics Power One
Advantech Ferraz Shawmut Pro-face
Anderson Power Products Finder Relays Red Lion Controls
Banner Engineering Heyco Rittal
Carling Technologies Hobbs Schaffner
Chicago Miniature Lamp Honeywell/Micro Switch Schneider Electric
Contact Electronics IDEC SMC Pneumatics
Cooper Bussmann InterBus Sola Hevi-Duty
Crouzet Jefferson Electric Square D
Crydom Leviton SSAC
Curtis Industries Littelfuse Staco Energy Products
Digmesa Mersen Stahlin Enclosures
E-T-A Micro Switch Turck
Electromate Panduit United Electric Controls
Elmwood Sensors Pepperl+Fuchs Xycom Automation
Entivity Phoenix Contact  
   
REACH COMPLIANCE STATEMENTS
Advantech E-T-A Leviton
Crydom Finder Relays Phoenix Contact
Cynergy3 Heyco Rittal
     
 

 

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

 
 

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

  Proposition 65 in Plain Language

 

  Article 6: Questions & Answers for Businesses

 

 
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