FAQs about RoHS and WEEE

Description

All currently available SIMATIC IPCs and Industry Monitors are produced according to the requirements of the RoHS (Restriction of the Use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and WEEE directive (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment).

What do the RoHS and WEEE directives as well as the German ElektroG (Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act) require?


RoHS
stands for "Restriction of the Use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment".The 2011/65/EU directive of the European Parliament and Council, dated June 8, 2011, restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. It requires that electrical and electronic equipment must not contain the following substances:

  • Lead (Pb)      

  • Cadmium (Cd)      

  • Mercury (Hg)    

  • Hexavalent chromium     

  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)      

  • Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)

Categories of EEE covered by this Directive
1. Large household appliances.
2. Small household appliances.
3. IT and telecommunications equipment.
4. Consumer equipment.
5. Lighting equipment.
6. Electrical and electronic tools.
7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment.
8. Medical devices.
9. Monitoring and control instruments including industrial monitoring and control instruments.
10. Automatic dispensers.
11. Other EEE not covered by any of the categories above.


WEEE
stands for "Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment". The 2002/96/EG directive of the European Parliament and Council, dated January 27, 2003, on old electronic equipment regulates the collection, separation and treatment of electronic waste.

Categories of electrical and electronic equipment covered by this Directive
1. Large household appliances
2. Small household appliances
3. IT and telecommunications equipment
4. Consumer equipment
5. Lighting equipment
6. Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools)
7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment
8. Medical devices (with the exception of all implanted and infected products)
9. Monitoring and control instruments
10. Automatic dispensers

In Germany, the RoHS and WEEE directives are implemented by means of the Elektro- und Elektronikgerätegesetz - ElektroG (Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act). This law regulating the launching, collection, and environmentally-compatible disposal of electrical and electronic equipment was enacted on 03/24/05.

Where can I find detailed information on RoHS and WEEE?

Detailed information on RoHS and WEEE are available at EUR-Lex, the portal to European Union Law.

> RoHS directive 2011/65/EU

> WEEE directive 2002/96/EC

> Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act - ElektroG
Information provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

> Wording of the ElektroG
Law regulating the launching, collection, and environmentally-compatible disposal of electrical and electronic equipment

> FAQs from Siemens Online Service and Support

Whom do I contact about SIMATIC IPC and the implementation of RoHS / WEEE?

 If you have any questions on RoHS or WEEE, please contact your > sales partner .

How will the RoHS directive be implemented for project-specific / customized SIMATIC IPCs?

If you have any questions on customized SIMATIC IPCs, please contact your sales partner from Customized Automation.

04/30/2013 | Author: Gerd Lorenz