Encoder Products Company (EPC) is committed to being a responsible corporate member of our global society. Part of this commitment is adopting policies which meet or exceed environmental and social regulations.
Although not a current requirement in North America, the global community is moving toward eliminating hazardous substances from all products possible, including those used in the manufacture of electronics, such as Printed Circuit Boards (PCB).
The European Union (EU) has already implemented the Restriction on Hazardous Substances directive (RoHS). Although commonly referred to as the “Lead Free” initiative, this directive prohibits or severely limits the use of 6 hazardous substances in electronics. Substances addressed by RoHS/RoHS 2 are: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).
EPC complies with all requirements of the RoHS directive. A copy of our RoHS statement may be downloaded below.
The Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive is intended to prevent waste consisting of electrical and electronic equipment from being introduced into the waste stream. If the device is covered under the directive, it places the responsibility for disposal and/or recycling on its producer.
Products produced by EPC are not covered in the scope of the WEEE Directive because our products do not fall within any of the defined product categories. Our products are always part of a larger system or piece of equipment and, therefore, are not “stand-alone” equipment, as defined by the Technical Adaptation Committee (TAC).
For customers who still wish to send us EPC-produced products for disposal, we are happy to recycle and dispose of them in a manner that meets all local environmental regulations.
The main aims of REACH, as it applies to EPC products, is to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment from risks that can be posed by chemicals.
EPC does not manufacture or distribute any product that intentionally releases chemicals, or any other substance of concern, as detailed in the REACH Directive. Therefore, our products are not affected by the REACH Directive and do not require registration.
Conflict Minerals are minerals mined in conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses, notably in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo by the Congolese National Army and various armed rebel groups, including the Democratic Forces for Liberation of Rwanda.
The most commonly mined minerals are cassiterite, wolframite, coltan and gold, which are extracted from the Eastern Congo, and passed through a variety of intermediaries before being purchased by multinational electronics companies.
EPC is registered with iPoint, a leading global expert in compliance and sustainability. iPoint provides solutions and services for managing, tracking and reporting on conflict minerals through the whole supply chain. To learn more about iPoint please visit their website.
The ozone layer acts like a shield in the upper atmosphere to protect the earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Certain man-made chemicals used in refrigeration, air conditioning, fire and explosion prevention systems, and as solvents can trigger reactions in the atmosphere that destroy the ozone layer.
These chemicals are termed ozone-depleting substances and include:
Halons – chlorofluorocarbons that contain bromine
The depletion of the ozone layer can threaten human health and damage plant life and ocean ecosystems. In 1987, world leaders signed the initial Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. It has since been ratified by nearly 200 countries, which have committed to meeting strict time-bound reduction obligations for each of the nearly 100 substances controlled by the protocol. Scientific assessments now predict a healing of the ozone layer later this century.
The use of latex and animal by-products is of concern to many consumers for a number of reasons. EPC does not use latex or animal by-products in any of our products or packaging. Additionally, EPC products do not come in contact with latex during the manufacturing process.