What is RoHS?
Restriction of hazardous substances, abbreviated as RoHS, is a protocol many companies worldwide put into place in 2006. Why? Because when the European Union decided in 2003 to standardize the practice of minimizing or removing all materials that could be harmful, electrical and electronics companies had to comply in order to maintain business with Europe. Additionally, following the shift in production processes meant that end products became safer for customers.
Why was there a sudden shift to initiate the protocol?
The ultimate move toward removing certain materials was prompted by the need for safety. The materials that are currently restricted or removed include:
- Lead (Pb)
- Mercury (Hg)
- Cadmium (Cd)
- Hexavalent chromium (CrVI)
- Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)
- Four different phthalates (DEHP, BBP, BBP, DIBP)
These substances were deemed a possible risk to those involved in the handling and processing of the raw materials future concerns were raised over the eventual disposal and recycling of the products in which they were used. With more environmentally-friendly alternatives available, the European Union decided to swap out production materials in 2003. As time passed, more countries began adopting the practice and by 2006 the majority of companies (internationally) complied with the standard practice of the EU.
When, and how has DigiVac met the requirements?
Almost all of DigiVac’s products have been RoHS compliant for 10+ years, and all products manufactured in the past 7 years are from the start. We adopted the trend early on in the practice to ensure that all of our products are free from the banned materials deemed risky by the RoHS list. Our engineers always reach out to vendors to learn about the components of their products to guarantee that our electronics comply with RoHS. If we find that it is necessary to use a material found on the RoHS list, we take precaution to make sure the amount we use is within the acceptable range set by the compliance guide.
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