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Industrial Testing Laboratory Services, LLC (ITLS) is proud to announce receiving accreditation from the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) to offer RoHS testing on materials. “The combination of our technical and programmatic expertise makes ITLS a natural selection when needing RoHS testing,” said A.M. (Marty) Wenzig, President of ITLS.

(RoHS) Restriction on Hazardous Materials Testing

Industry representatives world over have been discussing various test methods to comply with RoHS.  So far the most economical method in screening samples for Cd, Cr, Pb, Hg and Br is by x-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) followed by confirmatory tests if necessary. Confirmatory tests would include Cr+6 by a diphenyl carbazide color test (such as EPA 7196 or 7199) and PBB and PBDE by GC or GCMS analysis.

Europe has issued a directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) followed by another directive on Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS).  Essentially, certain electrical and electronic equipment must be free of various hazardous materials so that it does not produce an environmental problem upon disposal.

To be marketable in the EU, certain non-exempt products must contain less than 0.1% lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), hexavalent chromium (Cr+6), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDE), and less than 0.01% cadmium (Cd).

U.S. federal regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA – REACH Program) currently ban products from entering the United States that contain elements with percentages greater than this. The REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) program endorses the RoHS, and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) testing programs to assess elemental analysis.

ITLS offers XRF analysis, with confirmatory testing (if warranted), on an expedited basis. For more information on RoHS testing contact Bill McCabe, Director of Sales and Marketing at bmccabe@itls.com, or Bob Ross, Manager of Chemistry and Special Projects at bross@itls.com or by phone at 412-963-1900.  Please visit www.itls.com for more information about ITLS.

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Author: techburgher

Jonathan runs Visibility Initiatives at the Pittsburgh Technology Council. The Council is the nation’s largest IT trade association with 1,350 members. One of our platforms is to provide visibility to Pittsburgh tech companies and the industry in general.