RoHS is a European initiative whose main objective is restricting the use of certain hazardous substances. The term is an abbreviation for Restriction for Hazardous Substance. RoHS regulations are mainly aimed at restriction of using hazardous substances present in electrical and electronic equipment’s top ensure safety for human health and environment. This ensure that the waste of Electrical and electronic equipment’s are easily recycled and are pose no harm to human health and his surroundings.
RoHS hazardous substances.
Electronic and electrical equipment’s which are considered to contain RoHS substances include, household appliances, telephones, lightings and toys, electric tools. Normally, any RoHS substance that exceeds the normal threshold of 0.1% at the homogenous material level of every component and material in your product is considered to be a RoHS hazardous substances. These substances Enviropass RoHS testing must pass Enviropass RoHS testing and include: wastes from electronic equipment’s which may be in form of heavy metals like cadmium, chromium hexavalent, mercury, and lead. Additives present in plastics like PBDEs, PBBS, and phthalates (BBP, DBP, DEHP, and DIBP) have also proven to be RoHS hazardous substances.
Products specifically out of the RoHS directive scope:
These are electronic and electrical equipment’s that are considered out of the RoHS scope although they belong to the electrical and electronic group their threshold is considered to be less than 0.1% at the homogenous material level of every component and material in your product is considered to be a RoHS hazardous substances and includes:
- Military products that are normally sent to space like space aircrafts and its components.
- Stationary Industrial tools that are used in large scales.
- Products designed to be sent into space.
- Implantable medical devices which are proven active.
- Available business to business products for research and development
- Non-road machinery for professional use.
- Means of transport except two-wheeled electric vehicles.
- Equipement’s which are designed to be installed as part of other equipment’s
Penalties for RoHS non-compliance?
Whenever the national enforcement body requests for companies RoHS compliance documentation, the company must effectively adhere by producing the necessary documentations. Failure to comply with the compliance documentation can lead to a fine whether you’re company has produced a product having a substance that exceed the levels set by the RoHS.
Another penalty can be loss of the entire market access, this involves losing the accessibility and ability to export your products to European Union member countries.