Impreglon Australia is proud of our continuing adherance to the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive of 2003. This directive restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment. It is closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods and is part of a legislative initiative to solve the problem of huge amounts of toxic electronic waste.
RoHS is often referred to as the “lead-free directive”, but it restricts the use of the following ten substances:
Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+)
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
As with all surface finishers, Impreglon Australia always aims to reduce and remove any and all substances in our processes that may be harmful to the planet and our local environment. By meeting or exceeding the RoHS guidelines set out by the European Union, our customers and suppliers can be sure that when they deal with us, the planet isn’t suffering any adverse consequences.
RoHS restricted substances have been used in a broad array of consumer electronic products. Examples of components that have contained lead include:
Paints and pigments
PVC (vinyl) cables as a stabiliser (e.g., power cords, USB cables)
Printed circuit board finishes, leads, internal and external interconnects
Glass in television and photographic products (e.g., CRT television screens and camera lenses)
Lamps and bulbs
Integrated circuits or microchips
Cadmium is found in many of the components above; examples include plastic pigmentation, nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries and CdS photocells (used in night lights). Mercury is used in lighting applications and automotive switches; examples include fluorescent lamps and mercury tilt switches (these are rarely used nowadays). Hexavalent chromium is used for metal finishes to prevent corrosion. Polybrominated biphenyls and diphenyl Ethers/Oxides are used primarily as flame retardants.
So if you’d like to discuss more on Impreglon Australia’s environmental commitments or any of our other services, why not get in touch?