Expanding RoHS? Single U.S. standard favored, one survey says


Chicago, IL —Congress should enact an RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) law to create one compliance standard for the U.S., a recent poll by a major electronics distributor indicates. California enacted a RoHS-like law yesterday; other states may follow with variations. Newark InOne conducted the survey on its Website over a three-month period during fall 2006. The European Union's RoHS directive, which took effect July 2006, restricts the amount of lead and five other substances that can be used in electronic and electric equipment sold in EU countries.

The poll was launched in response to a warning from the distributor's president, Paul Tallentire, that California's RoHS-style rule, which took effect yesterday, sets a dangerous precedent. "Increasing and varying state-by-state rules are already causing unnecessary complexity for electronic manufacturers and distributors who must try to track and meet them all," said Tallentire. "Are we going to wait until we have 50 state laws with 50 flavors before we enact a uniform national standard for our industry?"

Tallentire also cited global competition as an imperative influence. "China RoHS takes effect in a few months," he noted, "and its intent is to ensure that its own manufacturers can continue to export electronic goods to the EU and the rest of the world. Are the stakes any less for U.S. manufacturers?"

Results of the poll found 1,028 (65%) clicking "yes" and 478 (30%) saying "no" when asked about the creation of one U.S.-wide law; 78 (5%) said they were "unsure." Respondents are reported to be primarily engineers and component buyers.

For more on the EU RoHS regulations, click here . Newark InOne's RoHS Express Website also contains information on the topic, including compliance guides and updates on U.S. and Canadian green laws. For more on California's new law, click here .

For RoHS-related coverage from Control Engineering , see:

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Edited by Jeanine Katzel , senior editor

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Make Big Data and Industrial Internet of Things work for you, 2017 Engineers' Choice Finalists, Avoid control design pitfalls, Managing IIoT processes
Engineering Leaders Under 40; System integration improving packaging operation; Process sensing; PID velocity; Cybersecurity and functional safety
Mobile HMI; PID tuning tips; Mechatronics; Intelligent project management; Cybersecurity in Russia; Engineering education; Road to IANA
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
Flexible offshore fire protection; Big Data's impact on operations; Bridging the skills gap; Identifying security risks
The digital oilfield: Utilizing Big Data can yield big savings; Virtualization a real solution; Tracking SIS performance
click me