BAPI Commits to RoHS Compliance – Application Note
Building Automation Products, Inc. (BAPI), a leading manufacturer of HVAC/R control system sensors and peripherals, is committed to environmentally responsible manufacturing practices. BAPI has been working since early 2005 to remove environmentally harmful materials from our products and we support the European Union’s RoHS directive, which restricts the use of certain hazardous substances, such as lead and mercury, in electrical and electronic equipment.
Even though many manufacturers of HVAC/R monitoring and control equipment are claiming exemption from RoHS compliance, BAPI is developing its new products and revising current products to comply with the RoHS directive. In fact, the majority of BAPI products were RoHS compliant as of March 2006.
European Union’s RoHS Directive
RoHS is the shorthand for the European Union’s legislation, Reduction of Hazardous Substances in Electronics Manufacturing. The RoHS directive places restrictions on the use of six hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. These substances are lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers.
The intent of RoHS is to reduce the amount of these hazardous substances which enter the waste stream where they can impact soils and groundwater. In general, the RoHS directive is aimed at consumer-level finished electronic products that have relatively short life spans and enter the waste stream at high rates. The directive does not target electrical and electronic equipment that is permanently mounted in a fixed installation inside a building, such as HVAC/R control system equipment. Such items have very long lives and are not disposed of in quantities that significantly impact the concentration of hazardous substances in the community waste stream. Therefore, many manufacturers of such equipment have claimed exemption from the RoHS directive. BAPI, however, has chosen to comply with the RoHS directive because of our committment to environmentally responsible manufacturing practices.
If you have any questions, please call your BAPI representative.