Cromkontakt, chroming and RoHS
(Restriction of Hazardous Substances)
RoHS is the EU directive on the restriction of the use of hazardous substances. The Directive applies to electrical and electronic equipment and their parts (including replacement parts required for repair) for which electrical current or electromagnetic field is required to operate.
Only those products can be placed on the market in EU member states that comply with RoHS regulations. RoHS compliance is the responsibility of the distributor. Under these regulations, RoHS compliance has been incorporated into CE regulation, so CE marking also means that the product complies with RoHS rules. Although RoHS is an EU directive, manufacturers of electronics and electronic equipment outside Europe should also comply with the rules if they import their products to EU Member States.
The directive isaimed at the protection of health and the environment,as the restricted substances are toxic and accumulate in the living organism.
The EU requires a strict limitation on the use of the following substances:
- Lead (Pb)
- Mercury (Hg)
- Hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI))
- Cadmium (Cd)
Permitted concentration levels:
- 0.1% by weight of lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium,
- 0.01% by weight of cadmium.
According to RoHS, a product is considered as regular, when no homogeneous component of it includes the use of these 4 restricted substances at a higher level than the required concentration. A material can be regarded as homogeneous when it cannot be further divided into different materials by mechanical means.
Cromkontakt Galvánipari Kft. is fully compliant with the requirements. Decorative chrome plating is done in Chrome 3 baths, free from hexavalent chrome and the other restricted materials. We are proud that our chrome-plating technology protects health and is environmentally friendly!
Details of the applicable Hungarian legislation are available here.