Maintaining Environmental Compliance

November 23, 2011 Tags: , , ,

Are you a manufacturer who frequently introduces new and updated version of your products in the market? Have you ever checked whether your products maintain environmental compliance or do they contribute to the increasing electronic waste? Ensuring the proper disposal of your old and obsolete products is one of the primary measures to obtain environmental compliance. Focus on maintaining a safe environment. Review the guidelines of the laws and rules regarding environmental compliance, and find out which all are applicable for your product.

Be aware about the laws of European Union, before the manufacturing of a product. The European Union opines that manufacturers should themselves take the responsibility to curb down the hazards caused by their products. RoHS and WEEE are two of the laws that are implemented by the European Union, aiming the same. RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) restricts the use of certain harmful substances, such as lead, cadmium, mercury and polybrominated flame retardants from being used in the manufacturing of a product. The European Union (EU) also asks the manufacturers to maintain WEEE compliance for their products, according to the guidelines mentioned in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. Make proper arrangements to collect back the used equipments and recycle or reuse them. If not, create a proper waste disposal system.

Also, go through the principles of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) and make sure that your product abides by them. According to REACH EU, you have to collect the safety information about the chemicals used and register your product with ECHA (European Chemicals Agency).

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