Within the European Union, a directive called RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment) adopted in February 2003 imposes restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances in the construction of various types of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). This is because during use, collection, treatment and disposal of such waste, products could release harmful and possibly even highly dangerous substances such as lead, mercury and cadmium, which can cause serious environmental and health problems.
This directive is constantly updated and is mandatory for all EEE manufacturers that want to sell or distribute products within the European market. It currently restricts the use of ten substances: lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).
Unless they are expressly exempt, products must therefore strictly comply with these restrictions, and we too must strictly adhere to this directive with regard to our ball valves and electric actuators. Specifically, our valves can often be fitted to other devices, such as our electric actuators, or fitted individually in electrically operated systems, and are therefore fully covered by the definition of restricted EEE equipment.
Always attentive and at the forefront when it comes to respect for nature and human health, our products are in total agreement with this restriction, as we declare that our products comply fully with this important directive: in fact, our brass valves have a lead content of no more than 2% and are therefore within the requirements, under exception 6c concerning brass.