Environmental & Social Responsibility
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive
Strain Measurement Devices (SMD Ltd. and SMD Inc.) cares about the environment and works with customers, suppliers and third parties to achieve compliance with WEEE and RoHS Directives where applicable.
WEEE is an initiative to control the disposal of standalone electronic equipment sold in the European Union. This initiative applies to products that can function entirely on their own and are not a part of another system or piece of equipment. SMD does not provide products that fit the standalone electronic equipment category at this time.
WEEE requires producers of electronic and electrical equipment to pay for the cost associated with recycling at the time of disposal. It covers a broad range of electronic and electrical products. WEEE was enacted in an effort to divert waste electronics from going into landfills and to encourage eco-design, reuse and recycling through producer responsibility.
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive
In conjunction with WEEEs, the RoHS Directive bans the presence of specified hazardous substances in certain electronic and electrical equipment placed on the EU market after July 1, 2006. On July 1, 2011, the European Union Published the RoHS2 (Recast Directive).
The restricted substances are:
2. Mercury (0.1%)
3. Cadmium (0.01%)
4. Hexavalent chromium (0.1%)
5. Polybrominated biphenyls (0.1%)
6. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0.1%)
Most, if not all, of SMD’s products are not subject to the RoHS Directive. SMD provides RoHS compliant products to its customers as needed. Most of our standard product line has been made compliant to RoHS. If you have a specific need or questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
REACH is a European Community Regulation related to the safe use and identification of chemicals (Regulation (EC) Number 1907/2006). REACH entered into force on June 1, 2007 with the aim of improving the protection of human health and the environment through better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances. REACH was aimed at streamlining and improving former European Union chemical legislation by replacing approximately 40 individual pieces of legislation and harmonizing with the remaining legislation. The new legislative framework under REACH shifts responsibility for the control and safety of chemicals from government authorities to industry and created the European Chemicals Agency to act as a central coordinator. The importing and downstream user requirements are not applicable to the product of SMD.
Statement on the Use of “Conflict Minerals" regarding section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank-Act)
In 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued rules implementing the “Conflict Minerals” disclosure requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Conflict Minerals Rules”).
These rules require Strain Measurement Devices (SMD) to undertake reasonable due diligence steps to determine if any of its products contain tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold (“3TG”) originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) and bordering countries. SMD is committed to the responsible sourcing of 3TG throughout our supply chain process and to compliance with the Conflict Mineral Rules.
SMD condemns the use of minerals revenue to fuel ongoing conflict in the DRC and is committed to supporting efforts that address the funding and root causes of this conflict. SMD has either obtained, or is in the process of obtaining, information from our current suppliers concerning the origin of the metals that are used in the manufacture of SMD products. Based upon information provided by our suppliers, SMD does not knowingly use metals derived from the Conflict Region in our products.
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