Welch Allyn's

Commitment to the Environment


Welch Allyn is committed to protecting our environment and natural resources. The Environmental Directives of the European Community are an attempt to reduce pollution and the waste of world resources. Welch Allyn strives to comply with regulations that contribute to protecting our environment, including the WEEE and RoHS directives.

We have and will continue to evaluate the ability of our suppliers to provide compliant parts and to evaluate our products and make changes required in order to comply with all European directives.

The EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) requires that producers of electronic equipment who sell into EU countries:

  1. Label equipment to notify customers that it needs to be recycled

  2. Take back the equipment from customers at end of life

  3. Finance its recycling and reuse

To ensure the correct disposal of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), when it reaches the end of its product lifecycle and becomes waste equipment, please contact your local Welch Allyn customer service center or email weee_rohs@welchallyn.com.

European Directive 2100/65/EU (RoHS Directive) limits certain hazardous materials in electronic products to the levels shown in table 1 below.  Medical device products are required to comply with the RoHS Directive by July 22, 2014, subject to exceptions published by the European Commission. Welch Allyn products will comply with the RoHS Directive in accordance with its scheduled effective dates for medical devices. 

Table 1: Hazardous materials and maximum percent allowed per current directive:

Material Symbol %Allowed Common Uses
Lead Pb 0.1% by wt, 1000 ppm Solder alloys, coatings, paints, pigment, PVC stabilizers, batteries
Mercury Hg 0.1% by wt, 1000 ppm Fluorescent lamps, sensors, relays, batteries
Cadmium Cd 0.01% by wt, 100 ppm Coatings, solders, semiconductors, electrical contacts, PVC stabilizers, pigments, batteries
Cr(Vi) 0.1% by wt, 1000 ppm Prevent corrosion, metalized plastics
PBB 0.1% by wt, 1000 ppm Flame retardant in certain plastics
Diphenyl Ethers
PBDE 0.1% by wt, 1000 ppm Flame retardant in certain plastics, coatings