Halogen Free
Concerns are increasing regarding the potential environmental and human health impact of Halogens used in electronic assemblies. Using assembly materials products that have no halogens in their original formulation is the ideal way to eliminate the materials as possible halogen sources.
Issue Background
Global Harmonization System
This new system, "Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)", began with the premise that existing systems should be harmonized in order to develop a single, globally harmonized system to address classification of chemicals, labels, and safety data sheets. The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, 1992), provided the international mandate to complete this task. GHS addresses classification of chemicals by types of hazard and proposes harmonized hazard communication elements, including labels and safety data sheets. It aims at ensuring that information on physical hazards and toxicity from chemicals be available in order to enhance the protection of human health and the environment during the handling, transport and use of these chemicals. The GHS also provides a basis for harmonization of rules and regulations on chemicals at national, regional and worldwide level, an important factor also for trade facilitation. The first edition of the GHS, which was intended to serve as the initial basis for the global implementation of the system, was approved by the Committee of Experts and published in 2003. The third revised edition of the GHS (published in July 2009) takes into account all amendments to date. While governments, regional institutions and international organizations are the primary audiences for the GHS, it also contains sufficient context and guidance for those in industry who will ultimately be implementing the requirements which have been adopted.
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GHS Background
Conflict Minerals Policy Statement
Alpha is aware of the allegations that tin mined in conflict areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC") may be making its way into the electronics supply chain and that profits from tin mining in conflict areas in the DRC, so called "conflict tin", may be furthering certain unfair labor practices or other human rights violations in the DRC. Alpha has adopted a due diligence policy designed with the intent of preventing purchase of conflict minerals from our supply chain that originate in the DRC conflict areas. However, at this time, due to the complexities of the tin supply chain, Alpha cannot verify with 100% certainty the origin of all tin used in its products. Our ultimate goal is to provide complete transparency of our supply chain to our customers. Additionally, Alpha is currently collaborating with several industry groups to develop and implement a comprehensive supplier approval system to support this policy which will help ensure that conflict tin will not become part of Alpha’s tin supply.
Alpha Conflict Mineral Policy
Substances of Very High Concern
The substances of very high concern also known as SVHC are a list of chemicals covering a wide range of uses that we know are not approved by REACH. These substances are decided by the European Commission.
Issue Background
The Restriction of Hazardous substances also known as “RoHS” became effective in July of 2006. These Regulations implement EU Directive 2002/95 which bans the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants. Manufacturers need to understand the requirements of the RoHS Directive to ensure that their products, and their components, comply.
Alpha RoHS Declaration Database
RohS Website
The European Union (EU) has promulgated a new regulation known as Reach (The Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals) that came into force in June 2008. Reach is aimed at providing an efficient chemicals safety management system for the EU and will be administered by the new European Chemicals Agency (ECA) in Helsinki.
Issue Background
The WEEE also know as The European Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive aims to reduce the amount of WEEE going to landfill, by requiring all manufacturers and producers to take responsibility for what happens to the products they sell at the end of their lives.
Issue Background
A material safety data sheet (MSDS) is a form containing data regarding the properties of a particular substance. An important component of product stewardship and workplace safety, it is intended to provide workers and emergency personnel with procedures for handling or working with that substance in a safe manner.MSDS formats can vary from source to source within a country depending on national requirements.
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