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SAFETY DIRECTIVES
Directive RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive) 2002/95/CE was approved in February 2003 by the European Community and affects those who manufacture, sell and import electric and electronic material and items, imposing restrictions on the use of the following dangerous substances in the manufacture of electric and electronic equipment and items (1):
  1. Lead
  2. Mercury
  3. Cadmium
  4. Chromium VI or Cr6+
  5. PBB
  6. PBDE
Directive RoHS is closely related to Directive WEEE 2002/96/CE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) intended to deal with the huge amount of waste created by obsolete electronic equipment which nearly always contains material harmful to human health and to the environment.
 
(1)
Lead is used to solder components to printed circuits (standard solder is 40% lead and 60% tin).
Mercury is used in certain thermostats and mecury discharge lamps.
Cadmium is used in rechargeable batteries, to protect metal components against corrosion and wear and in certain cases as pigment or stabilizer in paints.
Chromium VI is used in chrome plating, in passivation of electrolytic zinc plating and to prevent surface corrosion and wear on ferrous and non-ferrous components. Chromium VI causes cancer.

PBB and PBDE are added to plastic polymers to make them fireproof.

Directive 2002-95-CE RoHS.pdf

Directive 2002-96-CE RAEE.pdf

 


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