MKS Environmental Health and Safety Policy
MKS believes that a proactive approach toward conserving and enhancing our environment benefits everyone and that accidents are preventable. We are committed to providing the education and opportunity for all employees to participate in the continuous improvement of our Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Management System.
RoHS Restriction of Hazardous Substances WEEE Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
While the majority of MKS’ products avail of the Large Scale Fixed Industrial Equipment exemption today, we anticipate the momentum behind environmental regulations and restrictions will encompass our products over time in the markets we serve. Accordingly, new products are designed to comply with RoHS requirements except where it is widely accepted no feasible technical alternative exists and we participate in WEEE schemes as they apply. Through investments in Product Life Cycle Management tools we continue to increase our analysis and reporting capability.
ESI believes that a proactive approach toward conserving and enhancing our environment benefits everyone and accidents are preventable. We are committed to providing the education and opportunity for employees to participate in the continuous improvement of our Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) management system.
ESI is committed to:
- Proactively protect the health and safety of all employees and customers and the environment in which we operate.
- Actively promote a healthy and safe work environment.
- Embrace and continuously improve methods that prevent, eliminate and reduce environmental hazards and waste.
- Meet or exceed all applicable EHS and product safety regulations and legislation.
- Build product safety into our product design and fulfillment processes.
- Adopt the most broadly embraced standard as the ESI minimum product compliance standard in the absence of customer or market specific requirements.
- Communicate our environmental and safety expectations and practices to employees, customers and suppliers to facilitate input and participation.
ROHS / WEEE COMPLIANCE
RoHS / WEEE Compliance
ESI is committed to complying with all applicable regulatory and market access requirements addressing Environmental stewardship worldwide. The ESI Corporate Quality function is responsible for oversight of compliance. We continuously evaluate the rapidly evolving requirements of the markets we serve and modify our substance data and traceability management systems to ensure we are positioned to meet analysis, due diligence and reporting requirements.
Although the “large-scale stationary industrial tools” classification provides an exemption from EU RoHS and WEEE requirements for the majority of our products, ESI continues to design for compliance and to substitute RoHS compliant parts on legacy products where ever possible. This approach positions us to demonstrate compliance as RoHS, WEEE and other requirements are adopted in the global market place.
Products which are subject to the WEEE directive are identified through the use of the wheelie bin logo. To help manage the various directive implementation schemes of member states, ESI is a member of EARN (European Advanced Recycling Network) for recycling and disposal. ESI’s European sales office in the UK is registered with the “Northern Compliance” WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) which provides reporting and management services.
Customers & Recyclers for ESI Customers
Collection and Recycling Arrangements in the United Kingdom
Under the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations, for old equipment that you have bought before August 2005 which is being replaced on a one-for-one, like-for-like basis by the purchase of new New Wave Research equipment, New Wave Research is required to provide arrangements for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of the old equipment. The old equipment that your new purchase from New Wave Research replaces is referred to as Historic WEEE.
Under the UK WEEE Regulations, New Wave Research is also required to provide arrangements for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of any new electrical and electronic equipment that you buy from New Wave Research after August 2005, when that new equipment eventually becomes waste. This is referred to as New WEEE.
New Wave Research is required to provide these arrangements starting from 1 July 2007.
New Wave Research products are very competitively priced. Any new increase in operating costs for manufacturers such as New Wave Research is normally reflected in a price increase in the product. However, instead of increasing the prices of our products, New Wave Research has decided to share these new environmental costs directly with our customers. We believe in being transparent with you on any new environmental costs that our products need to address.
Our approach to sharing these new environmental costs is:
- New Wave Research pays for the costs of treatment, recycling and recovery of the WEEE to meet the targets set by the WEEE Regulations;
- New Wave Research pays for the costs of data management and reporting to the Environment Agency to demonstrate compliance with all administrative requirements of the WEEE Regulations;
- You pay for transportation of your WEEE to New Wave Research's appointed recycler in the UK.
New Wave Research has established a recycling contract with the European Advanced Recycling Network (EARN) and will cover any costs of treatment, recycling and recovery of the equipment on arrival at the EARN facility in the UK. All New WEEE that arises from the purchase of New Wave Research products is classed as non-hazardous waste.
WEEE Reporting Recycling Data for New Wave Research Equipment in the United Kingdom
Under Section 27 of the WEEE Regulations, information on the quantities and categories of New Wave electrical and electronic equipment put on the market, reused, recycled and recovered within the UK must be reported at the end of each compliance period.
The first WEEE recycling report will cover the period July 2007 to December 2007. EARN will prepare the recycling data report for New Wave Research. Information in the EARN recycling data report will be summarised on the New Wave Research website when it becomes available.
Collection and Recycling Arrangements for European Countries
ESI New Wave Research products are sold in Europe by dealers and distributors. The dealers and distributors act as the importer of the equipment into Europe. Thus the dealers and distributors have the legal responsibility to:
- Register as the WEEE producer in Europe.
- Finance arrangements for collection and recycling of WEEE arising from ESI New Wave Research products that dealers and distributors sell in Europe.
- Contact ESI European Sales Office to identify dealers and distributors in Europe.
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