Quality and Environmental ISO and Corporate Policy
Public environmental-awareness has been increasing in the past years. In 2003, the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive was issued to limit the distribution of computers, telecommunication equipment and consumer electronics containing hazardous substances.
The objective of RoHS is to safeguard the environment and the health of humans in terms of pollution by limiting the use of specified hazardous substances. It was adopted in 15 countries in the EU on February 13, 2003 and it took effect on July 1, 2006.
- unify the laws and regulations of the member states of the EU regarding the restriction of use of hazardous substances contained in electrical and electric equipment; and
- safeguard human health, and enable recycling and disposal of WEEE (Waste electrical and electronic equipment) without polluting the environment.
and the 6 substances subject to regulation are ｌead (Pb), hexavalent chromium (Cr6+), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), and 2 types of brominated flame retardants ― polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE).
- Large household appliances
- Small household appliances
- IT and telecommunications equipment
- Consumer equipment
- Lighting equipment
- Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools)
- Toys, leisure and sports equipment
- Automatic dispensers
Electronic equipment falling under the 8 categories above, which have been newly distributed in the EU since July 1, 2006, are subject to RoHS. We have been putting our effort into developing products to meet the RoHS compliance requirements.