Environmental Compliance

Environmental Compliance Statement

The purpose of this page is to present information on the objectives of the RoHS, WEEE, REACH, Conflict Minerals Directives, Prop 65 and other green initiatives we are actively engaged.

RoHS Compliance

The RoHS Directive bans placement into the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than designated maximum allowable levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants, effective July 1, 2006.

RoHS works in conjunction with the EU WEEE Directive. RoHS supports WEEE by reducing the amount of hazardous chemicals used in production. In turn it reduces the risk of exposure to recycling staff as well as reduction in recycling costs. Manufacturers will need to ensure that their products, parts and components comply with RoHS in order to be distributed and sold in the EU. Reference RoHS Directive 2015/863/EU.

Substances Restricted by RoHS

From 1st July 2006, new electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market in the European Union shall not contain substances known to be harmful to humans and animal life:

  • Lead (Pb)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Hexavalent chromium (VI) (Cr (VI)
  • Certain brominated flame retardants (BFR's)
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB's)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE's)
  • The Maximum Concentration Values are 0.1% by weight (1000 ppm) in 'homogeneous materials' for lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenylethers, and 0.01% by weight (100ppm) for cadmium. These limits will apply to all components within the equipment, unless otherwise exempt.

    All Climet measurement instruments are RoHS Compliant.  

    WEEE Compliance

    The European Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) applies to a wide range of electronic and electrical products. WEEE encourages the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment. WEEE makes producers and importers responsible for financing of the collection, treatment and recovery of WEEE. Reference: The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2002/96/EC, as amended by 2003/108/EC.

    WEEE Product Scope

    The following product categories are affected by WEEE:

  • Large Household Appliances
  • Small Household Appliances
  • IT and Telecommunications Equipment
  • Consumer Equipment
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Electronic and Electrical tools
  • Toys, Leisure, and Sport Equipment
  • Medical Devices
  • Monitoring and Control Instruments
  • Automatic Dispensers
  • The national governments are in the pursuit of clarifying the breadth of these categories. Further updates will be published as it is received.

    The following products are either not included, exempt or out of scope of WEEE:

  • Implanted and Infected Products
  • Large Scale Stationary Industrial Tools
  • Military Products
  • Automotive Products
  • Aerospace/Aircraft Products
  • Surface Transportation Products
  • Climet has an active electronic recycling program, and is WEEE compliant. 

    REACH Compliance

    REACH is the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force by the European Union (EU) on June 1st, 2007. The main aims of REACH are to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, the promotion of alternative test methods, the free circulation of substances on the internal market and enhancing competitiveness and innovation.

    All manufacturers and importers of chemicals must identify and manage risks linked to the substances they manufacture and market. For substances manufactured or imported in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year per company, manufacturers and importers need to demonstrate that they have appropriately done so by means of a registration dossier, which must be submitted to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

  • The Agency checks that the registration dossier complies with the Regulation.
  • Authorities may also select substances for a broader substance evaluation to further investigate substances of concern.
  • REACH also foresees an authorization system aiming to ensure that substances of very high concern are properly controlled, and progressively replaced by suitable alternative substances or technologies where these are economically and technically viable.
  • EU authorities may impose restrictions on the manufacture, use or placing on the market of substances causing an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment.
  • Climet uses far less than 1 tonne of chemicals in our manufacturing plant per year. Further, there are no raw chemicals in our final product. Climet does dispose of hazardous chemicals through a chemical disposal company.

    Electronics Recycling

    Climet employs a firm that recycles all electronic and e-waste. As part of our quality program, this firm is Responsible Recycling (R2) accredited. 

    Conflict Minerals

    In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, which directs the Commission to issue rules requiring certain companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals if those minerals are 'necessary to the functionality or production of a product' manufactured by those companies. Under the Act, those minerals include tantalum, tin, gold or tungsten.

    Congress enacted Section 1502 of the Act because of concerns that the exploitation and trade of conflict minerals by armed groups is helping to finance conflict in the DRC region and is contributing to an emergency humanitarian crisis. Section 1502 of the Act amends the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 to add Section 13(p).

    A company that uses any of the designated minerals is required to conduct a reasonable 'country of origin' inquiry that must be performed in good faith and be reasonably designed to determine whether any of its minerals originated in the covered countries or are from scrap or recycled sources.

    Climet is aware of the conflict mineral reporting obligations legislated by Section 1502 of the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and we are committed to helping our customers comply with these reporting requirements.

    All Climet manufacturing is conducted at our plant in California.

    California Proposition 65

    Proposition 65 became law in November 1986, when California voters approved it by a 63-37 percent margin. The official name of Proposition 65 is the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. This prohibits California businesses from knowingly discharging significant amounts of listed chemicals into sources of drinking water.

    Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. These chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By requiring that this information be provided, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals. This also requires California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 900 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.