Do your batteries contain any of the substances that the EU has listed as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)?
Power-Sonic Corporation confirms that the 16 chemical substances mentioned in the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) press release, Helsinki dated 9th October 2008, and listed below, are not present in Power Sonic Valve Regulated Lead Acid batteries. Substance Name – CAS number – EC Number * Anthracene 120-12-7 / 204-371-1*4,4â€€-Diaminodiphenylmethane 101-77-9 / 202-974-4 *Dibutyl phthalate 84-74-2 / 201-557-4 * Cyclododecane 294-62-2 / 206-33-9 *Cobalt Dichloride 7646-79-9 / 231-589-4 * Diarsenic pentaoxide 1303-28-2 / 215-116-9 * Diarsenic trioxide 1327-53-3 / 215-481-4 â€¢ Sodium Dichromate,dehydrate 7789-12-0 / 234-190-3 * 5-tert-butyl-2,4,6-trinitro-m-xylene ( musk xylene ) 81-15-2 / 201-329-4 * Bis (2-ethyl(hexyl)phthalate) (DEHP) 117-81-7 / 204-211-0 *Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) 25637-99-4 / 247-148-4 * Alkanes,C10-13,chloro ( short chain chlorinated paraffins) 85535-84-8 / 287-476-5 * Bis(tributylin)oxide 56-35-9 / 200-268-0 *Lead hydrogen arsenate 7784-40-9 / 232-064-2 * Triethyl arsenate 15606-95-8 / 427-700-2 * Benzyl butyl phthalate 85-68-7 / 201-622-7
The ROHS directive (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical Equipment) covers the same scope as the WEEE directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment). Batteries and accumulators do not fall into any of the ten categories listed by the WEEE directive (a summary of these categories may be referenced on www.weeenetwork.com ). Therefore, our appropriate response is to declare that our range of products is outside the scope of each of these directives.
Are your batteries R.E.A.C.H. (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemicals) compliant?
This is a recent European regulation that came into force on June 1st, 2007. A major aim is “to provide a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the use of chemicals”(1). Whilst the registration is primarily aimed at the chemical industry and sales of individual chemical substances, its scope includes what the regulations term “preparations” and “articles”. This later term is wide ranging and can include cars, telephones – and batteries (2). However, under the section “Substances” in “articles” (3) the following statement effectively exempts the Power-Sonic range of VRLA batteries and other rechargeable batteries and cells: “…notification is not required…when exposure to humans and environment can be excluded during normal conditions of use, including disposal. Additionally,EUROBAT, which represents the European automotive and industrial battery industry, has produced extensive guidelines which declare the battery industry as a downstream user having no registration obligations(4). The guidelines note certain obligations that REACH defines for downstream users in their communications along the supply chain (5). These involve the preparation and availability of EC safety data sheets. Power-Sonic U.S.A. and Power-Sonic Europe have their Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) available for download on their websites: http://www.power-sonic.com and http://www.power-sonic.co.uk under literature or downloads respectively. Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) Power-sonic batteries do not contain any of the 16 SVHPs listed by ACHA press release, Helsinki, October 9th 2008. (1) Health and safety Executive website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/reach/about.htm (2) Ibid p.2 (3) http://reach.irc.it/substances articles en.htm (4) Guidelines of EUROBAT for the implementation of the European REACH Regulation Covering the Manufacture and Marketing of Batteries in the European Union December 2007, Section3 available from http://www.eurobat.org (5) Ibid. Section 4.1.
Power-Sonic Corporation Sealed Lead Acid Batteries do not contain any of the substances contained in article 4 of the directive: (a) All batteries or accumulators, whether or not incorporated into appliances, that contain more than 0.0005% of mercury by weight; and (b) Portable batteries or accumulators, including those incorporated into appliances, which contain more than 0.002% of cadmium by weight. A copy of our Material Safety Data Sheet can be accessed from the MSDS section in our Datahub.. Page one of the document lists all the materials that are contained in our sealed lead acid batteries. It will be noted that the EU directive clearly states “no lead ban”. It is certified therefore, that our sealed lead acid batteries are in full compliance with this directive. There is a requirement for our sealed lead acid batteries to be labeled with the WEEE symbol (a crossed-out wheelie bin and the appropriate chemical symbol). This is designed to inform the end user to separate batteries from other waste. Our batteries do carry this label. Our NiCd batteries are not compliant with the EU directive and should not be exported. Our U.K. subsidiary, Power-Sonic Europe, do carry NiCd batteries that are compliant
CE certification of electrical/electronic devices relates to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). The certifications and tests related to this are designed to ensure that electromagnetic radiation (which are really radio waves) from components do not interfere with other devices such as TV, radio, computers, medical equipment and mobile phones. Types of devices that do not radiate electromagnetic radiation and so on are not required to undergo the tests. However many Asian battery manufacturers have been persuaded by various testing organizations that they should be tested and this is why you will see the CE mark on many Chinese batteries. Our Chinese factory decided to do the same and obtained the certificate in several brand names including Power Sonic. Power-Sonic decided not to include this marking on our batteries because it is not necessary and it is misleading. We can furnish copies of the CE certificate from our factory if absolutely required.