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August 10, 2009
Being Green
 
 


In 2003, the European Union (EU) adopted a directive that restricted hazardous materials to be used in the manufacturing of electronic components and systems.  This directive is called Restriction of Hazardous Substances but is more commonly known as RoHS.  This directly went into effect on July 1, 2006 and now affected the way we manufacture our electronic components.

The true purpose of RoHS is to make the world a safer place by restricting the use of certain substances that are known be dangerous to all organic life (although skeptics might have another opinion). 

There are six substances specifically named in the RoHS directive and include:

  1. Lead - Pb
  2. Mercury - Hg
  3. Cadmium - Cd
  4. Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+)
  5. Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
  6. Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)

PBB and PBDE are fire retardants used in several types of plastics.  The others are hazardous metals.

I believe that the preservation of our planet is important to only us but to the generations that will follow.  It is up to all of us to leave the world in a better place than we found it when we were first born.  Therefore OptiFuse supports the RoHS directive and has published a RoHS compliance statement for all of our products.

To view or print our RoHS compliance statement please click here

To learn more about the RoHS directive, I suggest that you read the very informative article that Wikipedia has to offer.

Thank you very much for your unwavering support of OptiFuse as we try to do our part in making the world a better place for our children to live.

 

Jim Kalb
President
OptiFuse
jimk@optifuse.com
 
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