What is RoHS?
RoHS stands for Restriction of use of Hazardous Substances. RoHS, also known as Directive 2011/65/EC, originated in the European Union (EU) for its member nations and restricts the use of six hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products. As of July 1, 2006, all applicable products sold into the EU market must pass RoHS compliance. These banned substances are:
- lead (Pb)
- mercury (Hg)
- cadmium (Cd)
- hexavalent chromium (Cr-VI)
- polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
- polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)
RoHS is part of a growing wave of environmental regulations or green initiatives. In addition to RoHS for Europe, there are similar regulations being written in China and other Asian nations. Japanese companies have created a non-governmental group to standardize green procurement requirements. In the US, individual states are passing laws restricting some substances and requiring recycling of certain classes of products. A common theme is the so-called “take-back” feature that requires manufacturers to accept old products from consumers and reuse or recycle the items.
GRI and RoHS Compliance
GRI understands that for many of our customers, RoHS compliance is essential for their products. To support our customer base, we have been engaged in a comprehensive transition to ensure that all of our motors, coils, leads, terminations, etc, comply with RoHS standards, where applicable. If you have questions regarding RoHS and your specific pump model or pumping system, please contact your GRI representative for further information.