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At 3M, our commitment to the environment is second nature. From the start of product design to development to recycling, we are committed to ensuring that our products comply with the ever-changing, global, regulatory and customer environmental, health and safety (EHS) requirements.

At 3M, we take pride in our deep history of innovation. But our leadership goes beyond all of the various products and services that we provide. One of 3M’s core values is to respect our social and physical environment and this is an integral part of our business process.

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3M and RoHS

At 3M, we take pride in our deep history of innovation. But our leadership goes beyond all of the various products and services that we provide. One of 3M’s core values is to respect our social and physical environment and this is an integral part of our business process. That’s why we’re leading the way to ensure that all of our library hardware products meet the EU RoHS (European Union Restriction of Hazardous Substances) directive*. It’s just one of the many ways we protect our global community and the future of our planet.

What is RoHS?

The RoHS Directive (EU Directive 2002/95/EC) which became effective in Europe on July 1, 2006, mandates that electrical and electronic products (EEE) put in the market within the European Union (EU) shall contain restrictive levels of the following substances:

  1. Lead (Pb)
  2. Cadmium (Cd)
  3. Mercury (Hg)
  4. Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+)
  5. Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB)
  6. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE)

This Directive is aimed at addressing the global concerns regarding human health and environmental risks associated with handling, treatment and disposal of hazardous substances. Outside of the European Union, several other countries such as China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Canada and Australia are all initiating their own versions of the RoHS directive. In the United States, California is initiating its own version of the EU’s RoHS directive - the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003, or SB20 for short, is scheduled to take effect January 2007. Twenty other states in the United States have bills pending for RoHS-like regulations.

* RoHS compliant means that the product or part does not contain any of the following substances in excess of the maximum concentration values in any homogeneous material, unless the substance is in an application that is exempt under RoHS, as amended: (a) 0.1% (by weight) for lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls or polybrominated diphenyl ethers; or (b) 0.01% (by weight) for cadmium. This information represents 3M’s knowledge and belief, which may be based on information provided by third party suppliers to 3M.

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