Black Box and the RoHS Directive

The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament has issued a directive known as the Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This directive (2002/95/EC) restricts the use of certain substances deemed hazardous by the EU and used in electrical and electronic components and products.

The directive requires that, beginning July 1, 2006, new electrical and electronic equipment put on the market does not contain the following substances: lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (Cr6+), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), or polybrominated dephenyl ethers (PBDE). The maximum concentration levels, by weight per homogeneous material, have been set by the Technical Adaptation Commitee (TAC) at 0,01% for Cadmium and 0,1% for the remaining substances.

An exemption until 2010 has been granted for lead (Pb) in solders for servers, storage and storage array systems; network infrastructure equiment for switching, signaling and transmission; and network management for telecommunication.

Black Box Network Services is committed to offering RoHS compliant products to our worldwide client base. In working with our raw materials suppliers, we continue to update our database, qualifying those products that are presently compliant and those that will be in the near future.

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