The RoHS directive, enacted in the European Union in 2002 and ratified recently in 2015 (RoHS 3), stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. This directive impacts the Electronics and Electrical Equipment (EEE) industries and affects any business that sells applicable electronic products, equipment, sub-assemblies, cables (electrical), components or spare parts (as related to the product categories below) to EU countries.
The list of restricted products is as follows:
Lead (Pb): < 1000 ppm
Mercury (Hg): < 100 ppm
Cadmium (Cd): < 100 ppm
Hexavalent Chromium (Cr VI): < 1000 ppm
Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB): < 1000 ppm
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE): < 1000 ppm
Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP): < 1000 ppm
Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP): < 1000 ppm
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): < 1000 ppm
Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP): < 1000 ppm
The product categories affected are:
Large household appliances: refrigerators, washers, stoves, air conditioners
Small household appliances: vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, coffee makers, irons
Catch-all: all other electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) not covered under the other categories
The majority of the products distributed by Endurance Hardware, while they may contain some level of Lead or Chromium, do not fall under the scope of this directive, in that they are not designed for use in the above product categories. Products that are used in conjunction with the listed categories, but which are not homogenous to the end product, are not covered under the scope of the directive.
Certain fasteners like Tek Screws, Machine screws, Track Bolts and Carriage Bolts may fall under the scope, if used in the above product categories.
Please contact your Endurance Hardware Representative if you intend to use our products in one of the above product categories, to discuss compliance of the applicable materials.