FAQ on European WEEE and RoHS directives for Zellweger Analytics

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					       Frequently Asked Questions on European WEEE and RoHS
            directives for Honeywell Analytics’ Customers
“I’ve been hearing lately about the so-called WEEE and RoHS directives. What are they and how do
they affect me and my business?”

These two Council Directives of the European Union, officially known as Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste
Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restriction and use of certain
Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment were adopted on 27 January 2003 and are now
part of European trade law. They set requirements for the design and disposal of electrical and electronic
products to be placed on the market the European Union; and additionally, in the case of the WEEE directive,
for the disposal of currently installed products. After the effective dates of the two directives, only products
meeting the requirements of the directives will legally be able to be placed on the market in the EU.

“What is the purpose of these two new directives?”

Their purpose is to reduce the environmental impact of electrical and electronic equipment by restricting the
types of materials used in their manufacture and by reducing the amount of their total material content that is
disposed in EU landfills.

“How do the two directives differ, and what do they require?”

The two directives focus on different phases of the product life cycle. The RoHS directive limits the choices of
materials available for the manufacture of new electrical and electronic equipment, and thus affects product
design. The WEEE directive focuses on the end of useful product life and places restrictions on product
disposal, with a view to recycling and reprocessing of the constituent materials and components.

“What are the effective dates of the two directives?”

The effective date of the WEEE directive was 13 August 2005. The effective date of the RoHS directive was
1 July 2006.

“How are my Honeywell Analytics products affected and what is Honeywell Analytics doing to get
ready?”

In the classification scheme used by the WEEE directive to categorize various electrical and electronic
equipment, Honeywell Analytics products fall into the same category as smoke detectors, thermostats and
industrial controllers. This category is covered by the WEEE directive, but not the RoHS directive. However,
in view of the fact that Honeywell Analytics and many of our customers have a strong commitment to
environmental responsibility and that many of our suppliers are already accommodating RoHS requirements,
we have decided to pursue RoHS compliance on a voluntary basis. Regarding WEEE, affected Honeywell
Analytics products and, where appropriate, packaging and printed materials, are marked to symbolically
indicate that equipment at end-of-life should not be disposed of with ordinary refuse. Please note that not all
Honeywell Analytics products are covered by the scope of the WEEE directive.

“Can you give me some specific relevant information about the material content of and end-of-life
disposal requirements for Honeywell Analytics products?”

Honeywell Analytics product range may consist of products that contain batteries, LCDs, printed circuit boards,
flame retardant plastics and lead.




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       Frequently Asked Questions on European WEEE and RoHS
        Directives for Honeywell Analytics’ Customers (cont’d)

Honeywell Analytics is aware of the need to reduce the amount of lead that is used in its products and is
actively pursuing the use of lead free solders wherever possible. There are recommendations built into our
Design Control Process that lead free solder should be used on all new products. There are, however, a
number of "legacy" products that will continue to contain lead in their solder for a number of years. Where
possible Honeywell Analytics is actively pursuing product re-designs to incorporate the use of lead free solder.
Apart from lead in solder, we use lead in our oxygen sensors. Under the RoHS Directive, Article 5, these
components are exempt as there is no viable alternative.

All new Honeywell Analytics products shall be designed such that products can be separated into the
appropriate waste streams as required by the WEEE legislation. Existing products, at the end of their natural
life, should either be treated as electronic waste and disposed of in accordance with local regulations, or
returned to the point of purchase.

With regard to the disposal and arrangements for recycling products, Honeywell Analytics products should
always be disposed of in accordance with local regulations. Alternatively and where required, customers may
return the product to Honeywell Analytics where the product will be disposed of in accordance with the
appropriate legislation.

“Who is going to pay for the recycling costs?”

Specific details regarding the financing of the costs of waste collection and treatment can vary among the
member states of the EU. Please contact your Honeywell Analytics representative for additional information.

“Where can I get more information on the WEEE and RoHS directives?”

More complete information on the requirements of the two directives can be found at the following website:

http://www.europa.eu.int/scadplus/leg/en/lvb/l21210.htm




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