Here at Piper Plastics, we’re proud to offer RoHS compliant materials. But what, exactly, does RoHS compliant mean? Here we answer any questions you may have about RoHS and RoHS compliant materials.
What does RoHS compliant mean?
RoHS is an acronym; it stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. RoHS is a European Union (EU) directive (specifically Direction 2002/95/EC) implemented in 2006 that’s meant to restrict the use of specific hazardous materials found in electronic devices.
Which materials are restricted?
The materials restricted under RoHS include the following:
- Lead (Pb)
- Mercury (Hg)
- Cadmium (Cd)
- Hexavalent chromium (CrVI)
- Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)
Why is RoHS compliance important?
The materials listed above are considered hazardous, meaning they can be detrimental to our health and to our environment. Without regulation, workers can be exposed during manufacturing and recycling, and citizens can be exposed through polluted landfills.
Which companies are affected by RoHS?
Any business the sells electronic products or components directly to EU countries must follow the RoHS directive. RoHS regulations have also spread to other countries including the United States, China, Japan, Korea, and more, meaning companies must be aware of and follow those specific countries’ RoHS regulations.
Are RoHS and WEEE related?
Yes. WEEE, also known as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive is another EU directive that is closely linked with RoHS. WEEE outlines the proper procedures for the collection, recycling, and recovery for electrical products. In other words, WEEE regulates the disposal of the same equipment and hazardous materials that RoHS regulates.
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