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Vertical Cable is currently in pursuit of ensuring that all its products that fall within the regulated scope of RoHS become compliant. At this moment, some of Vertical Cable's products are already compliant. Vertical Cable is vehemently working on manufacturing processes to ensure that all non-exempt products become completely RoHS-compliant as soon as possible. We will continue to update our website and documentation as they become finalized. For further information on RoHS compliance, please contact Vertical Cable at [email protected]

What is RoHS?
First and foremost, it is necessary to note that as of today, there is very little, if any, federal legislation similar to RoHS in the United States. RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substance) is a European directive restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
This European Union (EU) directive will be enforced on new electrical and electronic equipment, containing the more than agreed upon levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants sold within the European Union (EU).

Who's affected?
Those affected by RoHS include:

  • Manufacturers and resellers of electrical and electronic equipment that sell under their own brand in the European Union (EU).
  • Importers or exporters in the European Union (EU) of electrical and electronic equipment
  • If you are selling products, in the European Union (EU) your products must be RoHS compliant by July 1, 2006.

In what parts of the world is RoHS compliance going to be an issue in 2006 and the immediate future

  • Europe is the main drive behind implementation of RoHS restrictions.
  • In Japan, OEM's are moving toward lead-free manufacturing due to market pressures.
  • The United States, no published federal position at this time. EPA continues to pressure lead users.
  • China is drafting a proposal of regulations that ban RoHS substances, as of January 1, 2006.

Benefits of RoHS
The extraction and disposal of hazardous raw materials can cause damage to both the environment and to human health. Occupational exposure to certain levels of lead and other hazardous substances as defined above can create health issues. The removal and or reduction of these types of materials, especially at the production level will help reduce health risks associated with exposure, especially for children, the elderly and pregnant women.