Quality is central to all Precision Micro activities – this includes protection of the environment and reducing our environmental impact through the use of safe working practices, process developments to reduce waste and re-cycling.
Precision Micro has been ISO 14001-certified since 2003. A copy of our Environmental Policy can be downloaded here.
Precision Micro will only work with suppliers who have pre-registered their chemicals under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.
Substances of very high concern (SVHC)
We track the portfolio of materials and finishes that potentially contain SVHC. Based on current and available information, products supplied by Precision Micro contain less than 0.1% w/w SVHC, as listed on the ECHA Candidate List, published January 2017.
Should a substance used in the manufacture our components be added to the SVHC list, we will inform all customers in writing and include the name of the substance, the concentration level (w/w) and a material safety data sheet for its safe use and disposal.
Precision Micro’s products do not contain cadmium, however, we do offer cadmium plating upon request where a REACH exemption currently applies.
Chromate finish and anodising
Potassium dichromate and sodium dichromate have a REACH Sunset date of 21st September, 2017. An authorisation has not yet been granted but it is likely to happen on or just after the Sunset date.
Sodium Dichromate and Potassium Dichromate are incorporated in low concentrations as required for numerous aerospace brush alocrom specifications, including Alocrom 1200.
The result is that less than 0.1% w/w sodium/potassium dichromate should be present on coated components.
Directive 2011/65/EU on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (known as RoHS1) became European Law on 21 July 2011 and came into effect in EU Member States from 2 January 2013.
This directive restricts (with exceptions) the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment.
- Hexavalent chromium
- Polybrominated Biphenyls
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers
RoHS2 is an evolution of the original directive and became law on 21 July 2011 and took effect 2 January 2013.
The following additional hazardous substances were added to ROHS2 in 2015:
- Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP): 0.1% 0.1%
- Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP): 0.1%
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): 0.1%
- Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP): 0.1%
From 22 July 2019, these substances will be restricted for all electrical and electronic equipment, with the exception of medical devices (category 8) and monitoring and control equipment (category 9), which must comply by 22 July 2021.
Precision Micro works in partnership with our customers to support the RoHS2 Directive by offering a range of compliant metals and finishes.
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