Environmental Management / RoHS
Mechafin AG products fully comply with the directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the council on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment issued June 8th 2011. Products from Mechafin AG do contain environmentally hazardous substances like lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium VI as well as polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE).
The basic of RoHS
RoHS regulation "Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment" is combining the EC directive 2002/95EG regarding the restriction of certain environmentally hazardous substances used for electrical and electronic equipment with the national legislation process.
Considering continuous increasing electronic waste it is required to reduce ore fully dispel hazardous substances from the products. This include for example the implementation of lead free soldering of electronic components, avoiding toxic flame retarding additives for cable insulation materials as well as supporting the introduction of new and compliant alternative products to the market. Furthermore the manufacturing of the used components have to follow the regulation accordingly.
This gives a direct impact to all involved companies such as importers, small size companies (small Hardware stores), distributors and dealers and finally also to the end user.
Common toxic substances used in electrotechnical products are obtained as highly hazardous. They migrate from waste disposal sites, can hardly be recycled or decomposed and concentrate in the natural cycle.
This substances are not to be used anymore:
4. Hexavalent Chromium
5. Polybromide biphenyls (PBB)
6. Polybromide diphenyl ether (PBDE)
This substances where fully restricted for use according to the original directive. As the requirement could not be fulfilled by the manufacturers using state of the art processing technology and also the content of small amounts could not be measured within the materials the regulation has been adjusted.
The revised regulation issued in August 2005 now consider specific limits for homogeneously contained substances.
max. 0,01 weight per cent (100ppm) of cadmium
max. 0,1 weight per cent (1000ppm) of lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, PBB and PBDE.