Tue. Nov 24th, 2020

How your Organization Should Respond to the RoHS Directive

RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) is a piece of legislation the EU created to minimize the harmful effects of dangerous substances to people and the environment.  The directive is introduced to prevent the use of harmful substances in products including mercury, lead, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers. These restricted materials are hazardous to the environment and pollute landfills. Also, they are dangerous in terms of occupational exposure during manufacturing and disposal. Organizations that want to comply with the directive can consider Enviropass RoHS testing assistance. Enviropass services different industries in countries worldwide. It can help companies gain confidence that their audited products meet all legislation and regulations according to the RoHS directive. 

What Does the Directive Mean to your Business?

RoHS is enforced for your safety. Although the substances mentioned above are not an immediate threat, the issue with them is their long-term exposure. Even if your organization does not agree with RoHS, you must comply, especially if you sell products in the European Union market. All products from this market, except for some exemptions, need to conform to CE. Companies that sell non-compliant parts will be prosecuted, fined, and face possible imprisonment. 

Effects of Non-RoHS Parts

Non-RoHS parts don’t just affect customers. Parts arrive at the customer’s house by shipping and packaging them. These processes are mostly performed by hand in many countries. Thus, they put employees at risk as they are exposed to harmful substances. In fact, the manufacturing of these parts also exposes employees who handle the process. 

However, the life of non-RoHS parts doesn’t end at the final product. When the products have been used and are no longer needed, they are often thrown away at a recycling center or a landfill. Sure, workers at the recycling facility use protective equipment; however, a landfill can be where harmful substances can reach water sources. Over time, water can carry trace amounts of these substances and pollute the ground. Eventually, this polluted water ends up in places such as the ocean and underground water reserves, further polluting wildlife and food sources.

Importance of RoHS Compliance Testing

RoHS compliance testing is carried out to determine the content of hazardous substances in materials. The tests cover materials, parts, components, and finished products. All testing results are fully documented in certified test reports for your records. An efficient RoHS compliance testing supports you to take your product to market fast with confidence.