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We recognise our obligations as a manufacturer and supplier to operate our business in an environmentally responsible way. It is our aim to comply with all applicable legal, regulatory and corporate requirements and, if it is deemed appropriate, adopt more stringent standards for the protection of the environment and the communities with whom we cooperate.
The European Union 'Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment' Directive (2002/95/EC) which took effect on July 1, 2006 prohibits the sale of electronic equipment containing certain hazardous substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls ("PBB") and polybrominated diphenylethers ("PBDE") in the European Union.
With effect from July 2011 the ban on heavy metals and other dangerous chemicals in electrical and electronic equipment has been extended to a much wider range of products, with new rules entering into force. The new law (affectionately known as RoHS II) will improve the safety of electronic products such as thermostats, medical devices and control panels, and will prevent the release of hazardous substances into the environment. The new law is a revision of the RoHS Directive on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. It will continue to ban lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and the flame retardants Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). The original RoHS Directive covered several categories of electrical and electronic equipment including household appliances, IT and consumer equipment, but it has now been extended to all electronic equipment, cables and spare parts. Exemptions can still be granted in cases where no satisfactory alternative is available. The list of banned substances will be reviewed on a regular basis.
The key elements of the new Directive are as follows:
Bryant Unlimited is not primarily a 'Producer of Electrical or Electronic Equipment', but recognises its responsibility as a supplier of connectors, cable assemblies, and equipment potentially used within electronic based systems and products to offer RoHS compliant products where required.
Compliance with all relevant legislation, taking into account any appropriate exemptions, is achieved based on competent design and manufacture and on assurances from suppliers of components, sub assemblies and other items which form an integral part of the products we supply. Products are not routinely tested and this statement of compliance reflects our best endeavours and our due diligence to ensure, as far as is reasonably possible, that our products are compliant, where applicable.
At components for resale level, Bryant Unlimited collaborates with its suppliers. Bryant Unlimited does not carry out laboratory analysis, destructive testing or chemical analysis of incoming materials to determine the presence or absence of banned substances. Compliance is declared by in-house engineering investigation and supplier raw materials declarations and we make no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of such information.
With our large potential customer base and extensive range of in-house manufactured and distribution products it is neither practical nor environmentally friendly for us to provide specific written product certification on an order by order basis. Compliance declarations will only be made against the banned substances listed and requests for investigations to determine the status of other substances that may or may not be present and are not listed by the directive will be considered as being a request for an independent laboratory analysis, will incur an appropriate cost and will be actioned only on receipt of an authorised Purchase Order for such investigation from the requestor.
Despite the fact that Bryant Unlimited's in-house built equipment is, 'Items which are electrical and electronic equipment that are part of another type of equipment or fixed installation', we also ensure that those products satisfy the RoHS Directive by:
Directive 2002/95/EC did not demand renumbering or re-marking of compliant product in any way. Bryant products have their unique range of part numbers and it is our policy not to make changes to the numbering to indicate RoHS compliance, due to the fact that such changes would have a considerable impact on both internal and customers databases and documentation. We acknowledge that our suppliers of parts for resale may have introduced post RoHS number changes and our clients are free to seek advice independently from any of our major franchised suppliers.
Please note that Directive 2002/95/EC did not demand marking of compliant product - the action of placing a product on to the market after the implementation date is a presumption of compliance.
Bryant Unlimited builds bespoke products. In this case, the customer's requirements will be ascertained and if a non compliant product is required then it will be supplied as such after first obtaining a suitable declaration to the effect from the customer.
There will be no labels on non compliant products indicating non compliance.
European Regulation (EC) No. 190712006R, REACH Regulation
Bryant Unlimited is a distributor of broadcast and audio/visual cables and components to many customers worldwide. Bryant Unlimited does not manufacture any of the components that it sells or add any chemicals during the handling process. Unlike suppliers of substances and mixtures, suppliers of articles do not always have to provide standardised information to their customers. Only when the articles supplied contain a substance included in the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern for authorization and:
Bryant Unlimited does not import or distribute any chemicals or mixtures or use any substances intended for release in the manufacturing of its assembled articles. Chemicals used in the components or the manufacturing of components are selected and used at the sole discretion of the manufacturer of the components, and in many cases the exact composition of articles or mixtures, will be commercially confidential information. The Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances is therefore the sole responsibility of the component manufacturer.
With our large potential customer base and extensive range of in-house manufactured and distribution products it is neither practical nor environmentally friendly for us to provide specific written product certification on a product by product basis. When assembling Articles in-house, Bryant Unlimited collaborates with its suppliers on the presence of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) in their components. Bryant Unlimited does not carry out laboratory analysis, destructive testing or chemical analysis of incoming materials to determine the presence or absence of banned substances. Suppliers to Bryant Unlimited can be requested to supply certificates which guarantee that certain substances are not used in the manufacture of their products or remain below certain concentrations in their products; and Bryant Unlimited make no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of such information.
Bryant Unlimited is classed as a 'Producer' in respect of the WEEE directive (2002/96/EC / 2003/108/EC) and The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 and subsequent amendments.
Please note that we are a member (with producer registration number WEE/KA1450ZQ) of WERCS, (Waste Electrical Recycling Compliance Scheme), a legally approved Producer Compliance Scheme responsible for the reporting, collection and processing of all Bryant Unlimited obligated WEEE.
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If you have additional questions concerning our position on RoHS II or REACH compliance and WEEE, please contact our Quality Department.
Bryant Unlimited is a member of:
IABM - International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers
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