Statement on RoHS2 & REACH
Yreka, California - January 31, 2017
Background: The European Union adopted two directives in 2003 and 2007, respectively. These directives and regulations relate to electrical and electronic equipment. Nor-Cal Products, Inc. recognizes these important requirements and has been working with suppliers and customers to ensure that products entering the EU market comply with all applicable laws.
RoHS and RoHS2 – Restriction of Hazardous Substances. The RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU restricts the use of certain hazardous substances included in electrical equipment. RoHS and RoHS2 apply to Electrical and Electronic Equipment defined as equipment dependent on electrical currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields and designed for use with a voltage not exceeding 1000 volts for alternating current and 1500 volts for direct current.
REACH is the European Community Regulation standard (law passed June 1, 2007) on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006) which is a new law entered into force on June 1, 2007 which will be phased in until 2018. It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances. The Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) are not restricted but instead all suppliers in the supply chain are required to declare if the supplied article contains >0.1% weight by weight (w/w) of any SVHC (article 33).
Nor-Cal Products’ Position – Product Compliance: All products sold by Nor-Cal Products are RoHS compliant with the exception of printed circuit boards used in legacy control products designed prior to 2004. Specifically, these circuit boards are used in stand-alone controllers for pressure control valves. Nor-Cal Products has developed a compliant choice for customers, and has also added other desired features that the older products did not contain. We encourage our customers to consider upgrading to these products that are not only compliant, but contain additional features. At a minimum, our products are evaluated for compliance to current laws and directives annually.
Nor-Cal Products’ goals and commitment toward the responsible use and handling of chemicals are consistent with the goals of REACH. With the exceptions listed above, Nor-Cal Products, Inc. hereby certifies conformance to the requirements of REACH 173 SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern), released on January 12, 2017 and RoHS/RoHS 2.
Statement on Conflict Minerals
Yreka, California - October 30, 2017
Background: On July 21, 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law. Section 1502 of the Act imposes new audit and disclosure requirements on companies required to report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding their use of "conflict minerals", view pdf, in products they manufacture or contract to manufacture. As many of Nor-Cal Products' customers are publically traded companies, we are also subject to these same requirements.
Nor-Cal Products, Inc., takes very seriously concerns that profits from metals mining ("conflict minerals") may be fueling civil conflicts in the Eastern Region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). "Conflict minerals" refers to minerals or other derivatives including tin, tantalum, gold and tungsten, which when mined in the DRC and adjoining countries, directly or indirectly finance armed groups engaged in civil war resulting in social and environmental abuses.
Nor-Cal Products’ Position – Product Compliance: Nor-Cal Products, Inc., is committed to compliance with the regulations of Section 1502 as we continue to follow the recommendations of the Responsible Business Alliance (formerly the EICC). We are in the process of surveying our supply chain and have not identified any use or supply risks resulting from conflict minerals. We understand this is an important concern worldwide and we will continue to work with our supply chain to ensure that our suppliers and sub-suppliers are compliant with this and other important regulatory requirements. At a minimum, our products are evaluated for compliance to current laws and directives annually.