ESS Technology is actively committed to protecting the environment by reducing the number of hazardous substances in our products. ESS Technology is working with customers and suppliers to exemplify industry standards of environmental and social responsibility in the design and production of our products.
RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)
The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS 1) was adopted in February 2003, effective July 2006 by the European Union (EU). This regulation restricted the use of Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd), Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE). A RoHS recast 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2) took effect in January 2013 clarifying scope and implementation of the RoHS regulation. Directive 2015/863 amending Annex II to Directive 2011/65/EU added four additional substances Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) with enforcement by July 2019.
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical Substances)
Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 is the EU regulation on chemicals and their safe use, requiring the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances (REACH). The REACH Regulation identifies substances of very high concern (SVHC) through a list published on the European Chemical Agency (ECHA)
In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act (US H.R. 4173) directing the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to issue rules requiring publicly traded companies to disclose annually the extent to which their products contain “conflict minerals.” “Conflict minerals” are currently described as tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold (3TG) that originate from conflict mines in the region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries.
TSCA (Toxic Substance Control Act)
The Toxic Substances Control Act or TSCA was enacted in 1976 to prevent unreasonable risk of injury to human health or the environment associated with the manufacture, processing, distribution in commerce, use, or disposal of chemical substances. This act provides EPA with authority to require reporting, recordkeeping and testing requirements, and restrictions relating to chemical substances and/or mixtures. TSCA addresses the production, importation, use, and disposal of specific chemicals including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos, radon and lead-based paint.