Environmental Overview


As Eaton conducts business around the world, we've committed ourselves to meeting the various governmental mandates now in effect or under consideration in North America, Europe and Asia for restricting or eliminating hazardous substances.

Our current efforts deal specifically with RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directives. These two Directives deal primarily with consumer electrical and electronic equipment sold into the European Union. Both entered into force on February 13, 2003 with their publication in the Official Journal of the European Union and are in effect as of July 1, 2006.

Eaton is also actively involved in industry and association groups to create uniform standards for reducing the use of hazardous substances. These include:

  • IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission
  • NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturer's Association)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What are the hazardous substances banned by the RoHS Directive?

How are Eaton products affected by the RoHS Directive?

Do WEEE and RoHS affect Eaton products for consumer electronics?

Is Eaton only modifying those products that go into electrical and electronic equipment regulated by WEEE and RoHS?

Will these changes affect product performance characteristics?

How can I tell if a catalog number is in compliance? Are the catalog numbers changing?

Will I have any problems with my current inventory?

Is Eaton issuing product compliance notifications?

What if a RoHS compliant product is not available for my application?

Eaton product RoHS status query

Contains a search engine for determining the status of individual Eaton catalog numbers.