Environmental BlogBe Globally Competitive, Comply with International Environmental Regulations

February 4, 2013

Every organization strives to be globally competitive. So why not be compliant with global environmental regulation?

We are now living in a fast paced world in terms of technology revolution. You might notice that the smart phone you just bought last month suddenly drops it’s price this month and a new model is introduced with new features. I just can’t imagine how much electronic waste this is causing. But environmental compliance does not only focus with wastes.

Restriction on Hazardous Substances or RoHS is a directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment which took effect on July 1, 2006 after it was adopted by the European Union in February 2003. The directive restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electrical and electronic devices. The six restricted hazardous materials are Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd), Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE). This is now being implemented around the world.

Try looking at the boxes of your digital cameras or mobile phones and you will see a RoHS Compliance sticker or marker. Standard method for analyzing the content of each hazardous substance in an electronic part is also followed by accredited laboratories. Electronic companies in the country are already complying with this directive. The RoHS Directive is linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive or WEEE for the management of electronic wastes. In the Philippines, the management of electronic wastes are already included in the Revised Procedural Manual of the DENR Administrative order no. 30 series of 2003.

In Triple i Consulting, we don’t just focus with the Philippine mandated laws but with global regulations as well. To be globally competitive, we also need to be knowledgeable with the regulations and standards recognized internationally.

by Ma. Clementina P. Cachola

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