Hazardous Substances

Implementing a hazardous substances standard within your company, regardless of the standard you choose to implement, creates a win-win situation for both your company and the environment.

  • Your organization will realize improvements from implementing a green system;
  • hazardous environmental consequences will be minimized or eliminated;
  • you’ll be able to show external, independent validation that your company is environmentally friendly.

That independent validation will ultimately produce the kind of green that lines your pocket.

McDonald Consulting Group works with you to help your business certify to RoHS, WEEE, Conflict Minerals and HSF 954/QC 80000.

RoHS– The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Regulations contained in the RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC) ban the placing on the EU market of new Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) containing more than the set levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium and both polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants from July 1, 2006. There are a number of exempted applications for these substances, still more exemptions being considered. Other countries and states are adding their own requirements to the mix, making it more difficult to ascertain applicability from country to country.

WEEE – The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive (2002/96/EC) sets requirements relating to criteria for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of WEEE. It makes producers responsible for financing most of these activities; retailers/distributors also have responsibilities in terms of the take-back of WEEE and the provision of certain information.

Conflict Minerals (3TG) – Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten, and Gold (3TG) are being regulated more closely, requiring traceability back to the smelter level, in an effort to defund rebel/terrorist groups who previously have used these metals to fund their weapons purchases. Accordingly, The US Conflict Minerals law requires two things: independent third party supply chain traceability audits and reporting of audit information to the public and SEC.

IEA/ECCB 954 or QC 080000 – The standard, entitled “Electrical and Electronic Components and Products Hazardous Substance Free Standard and Requirements” has the reference EIA/ECCB-954 and was released in March 2005 and later updated to QC 080000. This standard specifies technical requirements that manufacturers must meet to ensure that their products conform to new environmental limits, including compliance with the European Union (EU) directives for Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). It allows an organization to demonstrate that they are meeting the requirements of RoHS and WEEE, and to receive external 3rd party confirmation of their compliance.

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