Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)
RoHS, also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, is a European Directive aiming to control the use of certain hazardous substances in the production of new electrical and electronic equipment. The regulations limit or ban the use of mercury, lead, hexavalent chromium, cadmium and a range of flame retardants, particularly polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers. These substances create pollution and expose manufacturing and recycling personnel to potential health risks.
The RoHS Directive came into effect on 1st July 2006. It applies to products placed on the European market and each member state has its own legislation. The regulations are applicable to any business that sells, manufactures, imports or exports electrical and electronic equipment. Businesses are obliged to produce documentation demonstrating RoHS compliance before a product is placed on the market. This documentation must be submitted to the enforcement authorities upon request and must be retained for a period of four years after the product is withdrawn from the market.
At World Time Solutions we do not treat these regulations as simply a legal requirement. We feel that we have an ethical responsibility to protect both the environment and those in it against potentially harmful substances and processes. Therefore, we work continually with our suppliers to ensure that the components we source are both safe and of high quality, as well as RoHS compliant.
For further information visit www.bis.gov.uk/nmo/enforcement/rohs-home