Eaton fully supports the introduction of the EU directives WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) 2002/96/EC), RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) 2002 / 95 / EC.
WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) 2002/96/EC
In relation to implementing the legislation, Eaton has established a project team to introduce relevant recycling and recovery methods. We have been fully compliant against the marking requirements since August 2005, with further activities for compliance to the full directive being reviewed in line with individual member states, and with any directive requirements and updates.
The current status is:
a) Registered as a producer in March 2007 Official registration number is WEE/AG0052TQ
b) Part of the DHL Express authorised compliance scheme for collection and recycling. This was complete March 2007
c) Produce and issue the appropriate methods for collection and recycling by June 2007.
RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) 2002 / 95 / EC.
In relation to implementing the legislation and eliminating materials such as Lead (Pb). Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd), Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) in electrical and electronic components/products. Cooper Security has established a project team to seek/research alternative materials, products and processes with the target to be fully compliant on all our products within the directive requirements.
We currently have a high % of products already complaint with the directive with official compliance certificates being made available in on our web site.
Eaton - WEEE & RoHS Statement
A full implementation plan is available on request. Below are some frequently asked questions about the directive and Eaton product/s.
a) Existing component life expectancies:
If any products are to be made obsolete due to RoHS compliance materials not available, then sufficient notice through our “Product Obsolescence” document will be issued, which can also be found on our web site www.eaton.com
b) Manufacturer / supplier policy on designing / sourcing replacements for discontinued or banned components:
Refer to general statement.
c) Likely timescales for replacements for discontinued components
Refer to general statement.
d) Effect on component performance caused by design changes to meet RoHS
Appropriate quality, environmental and reliability tests will be carried out where necessary to guarantee product performance after changes are made.
e) Policy on continuing supply of components that do not meet RoHS
Only the supply of service parts on products produced before 1st July 2006 will be used that do not meet RoHS. (This is as stated in the directive under paragraph 12).
f) Method / format for issuing installers with RoHS compliance certificates
There will be compliance certificates produced, but format and communication methods still to be determined.
g) Any unresolved issues that you are aware of, such as conflicts between RoHS safety regulations, that may for example result in a component being restricted from supply pending EU clarification
There are various exemptions within the directive such as Category 9 (Monitoring and Control Instruments) of the directive, which has an exemption until 2010 with most products within the Eaton portfolio under this category.
(Refer to article 2 paragraph 1 for scope of categories.) The exemption date has yet to be confirmed officially.
We will endeavour to communicate relevant progress as the deadlines approach but in the interim for further detail or specific queries please contact our Environmental Team via our Customer Service department +44 (0)1594 541 979
Vantage Point Business Village
Phone: +44 (0)1594 545400
Fax: +44 (0)1594 545401
Direct: +44(0)1594 545582