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DataCom Supplies is actively working to ensure all products fall within the regulated scope of RoHS. Many DataCom Supplies products are already compliant and we continue to work closely with our suppliers in order to refine manufacturing processes to ensure that all non-exempt products become completely RoHS-compliant as soon as possible. We will continue to update our website and documentation as various products achieve full compliance with RoHS.
What is RoHS?
Restriction of Hazardous Substance (RoHS) is a European directive restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. This European Union (EU) directive will be enforced on new electrical and electronic equipment, containing the more than agreed upon levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants sold within the European Union (EU).
Those affected by RoHS include:
· Manufacturers and resellers of electrical and electronic equipment that sell under their own brand in the European Union (EU).
· Importers or exporters in the European Union (EU) of electrical and electronic equipment
· If you are selling products, in the European Union (EU) your products must be RoHS compliant by July 1, 2006.
Europe is the main drive behind implementation of RoHS restrictions. In Japan, OEM's are moving toward lead-free manufacturing due to market pressures. In the United States, there is no published federal position at this time. China is drafting a proposal of regulations that ban RoHS substances, as of January 1, 2006.
Benefits of RoHS
The extraction and disposal of hazardous raw materials can cause damage to both the environment and to human health. Occupational exposure to certain levels of lead and other hazardous substances as defined above can create health issues. The removal and or reduction of these types of materials, especially at the production level will help reduce health risks associated with exposure, especially for children, the elderly and pregnant women.