ROHS (Restriction of the use of Hazardous Substances) is a European Directive that came into force on July 1, 2006. Its main objective is to reduce the use of certain hazardous materials in electrical and electronic equipment. This directive was developed to protect human health and the environment more than a decade ago, with the goal of eliminating known harmful substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and polybrominated biphenyls.
For firms that have been complying and seen ROHS as an opportunity to grow their business, it can be difficult to identify which stages are at risk of breaking the regulation.
The aim of the ROHS is to eliminate the use of chemicals that can harm human and environmental health. The process begins by identifying the dangers in various stages of production. Auditing systems are then put in place to ensure that these risks can be eliminated or reduced.
To execute ROHS, first identify the risk in the process chain. Next, analyse the effects and causes of each operation. Finally, eliminate the risk by addressing and adjusting the processes that are not functioning correctly.
A good ROHS implementation will require input from all parts of the organization. Employees must be well-trained and knowledgeable about the new process, and management should provide clear guidelines for their employees to follow. The company must also have a system in place to ensure quality control, looking for any non-conformist behavior or areas that are not complying with the standards. Management of the ROHS system can be achieved through effective documentation. Clearly specify process steps and tasks, involve employees so they understand their role in the process, check your system for effectiveness with periodic reviews, and take corrective action for non-conformity.
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