At Garmin, we understand our responsibility to be environmentally conscious with the materials we use for our products. Therefore, we have placed appropriate checks in our production and material supply to ensure the reduction of hazardous materials in our products and compliance to appropriate environmental standards. These checks include the following:
- Analysis of each stage of our operation to identify concerns, such as materials that could have a potentially harmful effect on people and the environment.
- Adoption of appropriate controls and safeguards, including the elimination of hazardous materials from our products.
- Document and review all actions taken.
- Take initiatives to improve current environmental practices, including using innovative and recycled materials to reduce product environmental impacts and to facilitate recycling.
The European Union RoHS Directive and Garmin’s response
This system of checks is an instrumental part of Garmin’s adherence to the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive. This directive bans new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than permissible levels of hazardous substances on the European Union market after July 1, 2006. Those substances include lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants.
Garmin has expended considerable efforts and resources to ensure compliance with the RoHS Directive. We work with industry partners, including the GPS Industry Council, the National Electronic Distributors Association and the American Electronics Association to restrict the use of certain materials in our products. The development of part specifications, testing standards, material declaration protocols and other activities has helped this effort.
The European Union REACH Position at Garmin
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) is a European Union chemical regulation that became effective on June 1, 2007. We support the objective of REACH of improving the protection of human health and the environment through the early and improved identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances.
We are manufacturers of “articles” according to the definitions contained in the REACH regulation. This article manufacturing is external to the European Union and we do not use or purchase substances for use within the European Union in quantities large enough to be subject to the obligations under Article 6 (general obligations to register substances of their own or in preparations) of the REACH regulation. We do not manufacture any articles in which a substance is intended to be released under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use. Some Garmin products and accessories contain SVHC’s at concentrations above 0.1 percent weight/weight. A listing of the products and accessories with the specific SVHC’s is provided below. We are working with our suppliers to identify alternatives to DEHP.
We will be communicating further with our suppliers and customers to continue to gather information to ensure our continued compliance with the REACH regulation. As such, we reserve the right to make changes to our products and this information as additional information becomes available.
|Product category||Substance of Very High Concern||CAS Number||Comments|
|PVC Cables||Bis(2-ethyl(hexyl)phthalate (DEHP)||117-81-7||This substance may be present in PVC cables, cords and wiring insulation manufactured prior to 2011|
|Carry cases||Bis(2- ethyl(hexyl)phthalate (DEHP)||117-81-7||This substance may be present in some carrying cases|
|Suction Cup Window Mounts||Bis(2- ethyl(hexyl)phthalate (DEHP)||117-81-7||This substance may be present in some suction cup window mounts|
|Marine transducers||Bis(2-ethyl(hexyl)phthalate (DEHP)||117-81-7||This substance may be present in some marine transducer products|
|Marine transducers||Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)||85-68-7||This substance may be present in some marine transducer products|
|Lithium batteries||1,2-dimethoxyethane; ethylene glycol dimethyl ether (EGDME)||110-71-4||This substance may be present in lithium batteries and products that contain lithium batteries|
|Lanyard, accessories||Disodium tetraborate, anhydrous||1303-96-4 1330-43-4 12179-04-3||This substance may be present in straps and lanyard accessories|
|Aviation Installation Parts (i.e. brackets, supports, etc.)||Strontium chromate||7789-06-2||This substance may be present in aviation mounting brackets|