Brazil proposes to control hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipments

The Working Group (WG) established by the National Chemical Safety Commission (Conasq), to propose a regulation instrument for the control and use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), presented on Monday and Tuesday (23 and 24) a normative draft. The WG is coordinator of the Ministry of the Environment (MMA).

The text was submitted to a first joint evaluation of the WG members, made up of representatives of federal government bodies, civil society entities and industry representatives. On August 23 and 24, they are back in Brasilia to complete the adjustments and define the proposal to be presented to the National Environment Council (CONAMA) this semester.

Among the WG initiatives included in the draft is the restriction on the use of lead  (Pb), cadmium  (Cd), mercury  (Hg), Chromium VI, binefil polybromate (PBB), PBDEs and 4 phthalates.

Contained in the composition of EEE - such as lamps, toys, cell phones, computers, refrigerators, air conditioning, among others - these substances can contaminate people (factory workers and consumers) by exposure and by skin contact and inhalation, and the environment (soil and groundwater) by improper disposal.

They may even lead to atmospheric contamination because of their uncontrolled burning, as is the case in many underdeveloped countries, where it is common to export such equipment when unusable. 

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