Q.P.I. is a company that has a sense of responsibility when it comes to the environment and the welfare of the people who work for the company. This underlies Q.P.I.’s way of doing business and directs its policy decisions. This corporate responsibility also extends to the companies with which Q.P.I. works closely. Q.P.I. expects that these companies behave responsibly when it comes to the environment and that their employees have a safe working environment and are treated fairly. An ISO 14001 certification is the norm and a large number of the companies have an OHSAS 18001 certification. In addition, Q.P.I. has a programme whereby its production lines are audited based on the code of conduct that applies. A number of the processes and certifications are described here.
ISO 14001 is one of the standards in the ISO 14000 series that is used worldwide to set-up and certify environmental management systems. This is very important to Q.P.I. Q.P.I. doesn’t just look at the certification but actively looks at actual compliance and environmental responsibility. Handling chemicals and waste materials is just as important as dealing responsibly with water. Waste water treatment systems lead to a significant decrease in environmental loading.
OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) is the accepted worldwide standard for occupational health and safety management systems. Factors influencing the health and safety of employees include the physical workload, the working conditions, the psychosocial workload and machine safety. The occupational health and safety management system helps to identify and evaluate the risks and dangers and subsequently reduce them. The basis for the system is the ‘plan-do-check-act’ cycle. Q.P.I. supports the efforts of its production lines in gaining their OHSAS 18001 qualifications and, in the meantime, many of the production lines have this qualification. OHSAS 18001 is closely related to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
EC-Regulation nr. 1907/2006 - REACH, the decentralised Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals, simplifies the rules for dealing with chemical substances. The REACH directive applies Europe-wide and came into force on 1 June 2007. According to REACH, substances such as acids, metals, solvents, surfactants and adhesives must be registered when they are used in the product or production process.
All of the printed circuit boards that Q.P.I. supplies are in accordance with the REACH regulations and contain no substances that are classified as “Substances of Very High Concern” (SVHC).
More information: http://echa.europa.eu/
Q.P.I. REACH Declaration
The definition and the aim of the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) directive are simple. The aim of RoHS directive that came into force in 2006 is to reduce the use of certain hazardous substances in the manufacture of electronics and in the end product. Every RoHS compliant component is tested for the presence of lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), hexavalent chrome (Hex-Cr), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). The amount of cadmium and hexavalent chrome, must be less than or equal to 0.01% of the basic material weight. For lead, PBB, and PBDE, the amount must be less than or equal to 0.1% of the basic material weight.
Every RoHS compliant component must contain less than or equal to 100ppm mercury and mercury may not be added during the production of the component. The Q.P.I. model shop uses RoHS compliant components and an RoHS compliant soldering process. Some products, such as those used in medical and military applications, are exempted from RoHS compliance. In such cases, the Q.P.I. model shop can also use tin-lead solder.
Q.P.I. supplies printed circuit boards that are RoHS compliant. Q.P.I. has a lot of know-how about RoHS compliant soldering and processing of printed circuit boards. If you have any questions please contact Q.P.I.
RoHS Statement Q.P.I. Group
Conflict minirals are defined in 2010 United States legislation, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Section 1502(e)(4)
The term ‘‘conflict mineral’’ means:
A. columbite-tantalite (coltan), cassiterite, gold, wolframite, or their derivatives; or
B. any other mineral or its derivatives determined by the Secretary of State to be financing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country.
For Printed circuit boards the following metals can necessary to the functionality or production of the product: Tin (Sn), Gold (Au)
Tin is used for a surface finish and/or as a process step in the manufacturing process. Gold is used for a surface finish.
Statement Q.P.I. Group DRC Conflict minerals.
The EICC (Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition) code of conduct was formulated by the electronics industry to ensure a safe working environment and fair treatment for the employees. In addition the code focuses on environmental responsibility and business efficiency. The code of conduct gives guidelines for setting requirements and complying with critical CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policies. The EICC provides tools to test compliance with the code and helps companies to report on the progress.
The code of conduct provides guidance in five critical areas of CSR:
• Health and Safety
• Management System
EICC Code of Conduct Adoption
Any company may voluntarily adopt the EICC code of conduct. Companies that adopt the code enter into a process whereby the importance of the code is established and the management commits to it fully. This is followed by a process of employee training courses and the integration of the code of conduct into the company’s business processes. The aim is to have a process of continuous improvement.
As a company, Q.P.I.’s business processes and working environment are in line with the code of conduct. However, in addition, Q.P.I. actively cooperates with its partners so that the business processes throughout the entire chain comply with this code of conduct and a safe working environment and fair treatment is guaranteed for the employees. A part of this process involves carrying out audits which are specifically aimed at the implementation of the code of conduct.