EU RoHS Directive
The European Union (EU) RoHS Directive (the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment) is intended to reduce the use of substances that may pose risks to human health or the environment. The Member States’ RoHS laws shall ensure that after July 1, 2006 most new electrical and electronic equipment cannot be sold in the EU if it contains the following substances above specified concentrations (w/w) at the homogeneous material level:
- Lead (0.1%)
- Mercury (0.1%)
- Cadmium (0.01%)
- Hexavalent chromium (0.1%)
- Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0.1%)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0.1%)
It is Toshiba’s policy to conduct business in a manner consistent with sound environmental management practices and to comply with applicable environmental laws and regulations. Through the use of design and best management practices, improvements are continually made to conserve natural resources and to minimize the use of environmentally sensitive materials.
The Toshiba Digital Media Company, to which we, the Storage Device Division, belong, has been pursuing ecologically friendly production methods for a long period of time. As well as complying with the ISO14001 standard certification, Toshiba has already implemented a "Green Procurement" program during November 2002, enabling Toshiba to manufacture environmentally friendly products before the introduction of the RoHS directive which is mandatory in July 2006.
Our first RoHS compliant products were introduced towards the end of 2004.
Since the beginning of Q3/2005 our entire product range is fully RoHS compliant.