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RoHS Basics

All companies who deal with the European Union market are required to follow certain guidelines. These guidelines, known as RoHS and WEEE, are meant to keep the environment clean by banning certain substances that are known to be hazardous to the environment and pollute landfills. These materials can be dangerous in terms of occupational exposure during manufacturing and recycling.

What is RoHS? RoHS is an acronym for the Restriction of the use of Hazardous Substances. All applicable products in the EU market after July 1, 2006 must pass RoHS compliance.

What is WEEE? WEEE is an acronym for Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment. It mandates the treatment, recovery and recycling of electric and electronic equipment. All applicable products in the EU market after August 13, 2006 must pass WEEE compliance and carry the “Wheelie Bin” sticker.

In other words, RoHS makes sure products are safe from production to usage, and WEEE completes the process of safety for the environment by regulating the waste and recycling methods.

Here is the complete list of substances that are banned: lead, cadmium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), mercury, hexavalent chromium, and polybrominated biphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants—in electronic and electric equipment

In compliance of these regulations, Bossard has its own “declaration of compliance” where we outline the materials that are used in our products. Below is an example of the materials and substances we use in assurance that we fully comply with regulations set forth by the European Union.

Materials: Steel, stainless steel, non-ferrous metals, and plastics (except flame retardant products).

Coating: None, blue/white/clear zinc and zinc alloy plated, zinc flake coatings without chromium (flZnnc), and hot dip galvanization.

For more information about the basics of RoHS and WEEE, we encourage you to contact us anytime at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.


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February 26, 2016

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