KEMP Technologies, Inc. RoHS Environmental Policy

As a global citizen for building digital infrastructure, KEMP Technologies is committed to green products compliant with European Union RoHS (Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS2) to be your trusted green partner to protect our environment.

KEMP Technologies commit to only supplying products that conform to the European Union RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU, and that also conform to the expiring exemption clause detailed in the Annex 7(c)-III under Directive 2011/65/EU.

The RoHS (I) – Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) – directive (2002/95/EC) has applied to certain categories of EEE since July 1st 2006. The new revised RoHS II directive (2011/65/EU) replaced RoHS I on January 2nd 2013.

The substances to which the RoHS I (and RoHS II) directive applies are (including the maximum concentration values):

  • Lead (Pb) – 0.1%
  • Mercury (Hg) – 0.1%
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) – 0.1%
  • Hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) – 0.1%
  • Cadmium (Cd) – 0.01%
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) – 0.1%

KEMP’s hardware does not exceed (by weight) the concentration levels of the above substances.

The maximum concentration values listed above are ‘by weight in homogeneous materials’. A homogeneous material cannot be mechanically broken down (by cutting, grinding, crushing etc.) into different materials – examples would be plastic, ceramic, glass, metal etc. This definition does not relate to a percentage of the equipment mass. It doesn’t even necessarily refer to a component. For example, a semiconductor consists of many homogeneous materials. Its lead frame, gold bonding wires and plastic case must each individually comply with the requirements of the directive.

Under the RoHS I directive ‘producers’ of equipment are responsible for ensuring that their products do not contain the six restricted substances. A ‘producer’ is defined as any person/organization who:

  1. manufactures and sells electrical and electronic equipment under their own brand;
  2. resells under their own brand equipment produced by other suppliers; or
  3. imports or exports electrical and electronic equipment on a professional basis into a member state.

Under RoHS I there is no specific requirement on how products will be identified as RoHS Compliant’. Many producers adopted their own logos with KEMP using the following logos on our standard product where applicable:

Conformity Assessment and CE Marking RoHS II is a CE marking directive and from 2nd January 2013 all product within scope must meet the following requirements:

  • CE mark finished products
  • Declarations of Conformity (D of C) to include RoHS directive
  • Technical files to be retained for 10 years

This requirement affects manufacturers, importers and distributors and means that, the whole of the products EU supply chain has legal responsibility for compliance.

As a manufacturer, KEMP has a responsibility to complete the following activities for all products within scope:

  • Compile technical documentation
  • Prepare Declarations of Conformity
  • CE mark the products
  • Mark products for traceability
  • Retain technical documentation for 10 years
  • Keep a register on non-conforming EEE
  • Work with national authorities to demonstrate compliance or help to ensure compliance

If you require any more information regarding KEMPs commitment to RoHS, please contact compliance@kemptechnologies.com.

Signed:

Michael Powell
Quality Manager,
KEMP Technologies