The European RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive was implemented on 1 July 2006. It was revised on 8 June 2011 and came into force on 21 July 2011. This directive aims to eliminate the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and flame retardants in certain electrical and electronic equipment sold in Europe.
Crouzet brands fully comply with this directive.
EEE : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Any finished product which uses electric currents or electromagnetic fields to operate, and equipment for the generation, transfer or measurement of these currents and fields, designed for use at voltages not exceeding 1000 volts for alternating current and 1500 volts for direct current.
RoHS : Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment,
Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
The European RoHS directive (2002/95/EC), which came into force on 01/07/2006, aims to restrict the use of six dangerous substances:
- Hexavalent chromium
- Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)
The maximum concentration of these substances is 0.1% by weight in homogeneous materials, except for cadmium, for which the limit is 0.01%.
Soldering electronic components on printed circuit boards
As this is directly affected by the reduction of lead when soldering, we have replaced the alloy containing lead with another type of alloy (except for products made for the aerospace activity, for safety reasons).
The directive applies to products marketed in all European territories. It applies to eight of the product categories specified in the WEEE European directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) :
- Large household appliances
- Small household appliances
- IT and telecommunications equipment
- Consumer equipment
- Lighting equipment
- Electrical and electronic tools
- Toys, leisure and sports equipment
- Automatic dispensers
Batteries are not included in the directive.
This European regulation has been in force since 1 June 2007. REACH (Regulation, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) replaces and supplements earlier regulations in this area. Its goal is to list the numerous chemicals that are traded and used within the European Area, assess their risk to human health and the environment and eventually restrict their use if necessary. Crouzet brands keep up with all the changes in the regulation and the company has set up a plan to ensure compliance with REACH if any substances used in its products are banned.
REACH : Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of CHemicals.
These regulations came about as a result of a co-decision process, involving the European Parliament and the European Council.
It was adopted by the council on 18 December 2006, appeared in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on 30/12/2006, and came into force on 1 June 2007.
Why are such regulations needed?
Following the industrial revolution after the end of the Second World War, huge advances were made in the chemical industry, with the arrival of plastic, ultra-effective cleaning products and everything that has provided the people of today with an improved standard of living.
However, the appearance of some illnesses that did not exist previously (for example: lung cancers caused by asbestos, etc.), led doctors to take a closer look at these cases. The outcome was that these “wonderful” everyday products were found to be dangerous to health.
As illnesses had been caused, the health authorities decided to take action: dangerous substances must be eliminated and replaced by inert or virtually harmless substances.
REACH principles and objectives
The REACH principles are :
- To establish a high level of protection for human health and the environment,
- To promote the free circulation of substances on the internal market,
- To enhance competitiveness and innovation.
The aim of the REACH regulations is to :
- To deal with the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemical substances known as SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern)
- To reduce the risks associated with the use of chemicals which are harmful to human health.
- To enhance performance levels and competitiveness between the chemical industries.
Objectives and commitment of Crouzet brands
Enhancing competitiveness and innovation means having an excellent knowledge of our products and the associated risks. It also means ensuring that the chemical substances to be prohibited are replaced by new products which are less hazardous for those handling them and for consumers.
Crouzet brands therefore undertake to:
- Inform its customers of the SVHC content as soon as it is above 0.1% (art. 33 of the REACH regulations)
- Allocate the necessary resources to the replacement of SVHC by inert chemical substances.
- Ensure it complies with the REACH regulations.
The company has the following objectives :
- To reduce the risks associated with SVHC while ensuring our products are of excellent quality
- To provide SVHC information for each of our products on our website.
Text of article 33 of the REACH regulations
Duty to communicate information on the substances in articles
- Any supplier of an article containing a substance […] in a concentration above 0.1% weight by weight (w/w), shall provide the recipient of the article with sufficient information, available to the supplier, to allow safe use of the article including, as a minimum, the name of that substance.
- On request by a consumer any supplier of an article containing a substance […] in a concentration above 0.1% weight by weight (w/w), shall provide the consumer with sufficient information, available to the supplier, to allow safe use of the article including, as a minimum, the name of that substance.