For the US and Canada, products are evaluated and tested for conformance with the appropriate UL/CSA safety standards. The manufacturer must also have and demonstrate a Quality System that assures future production maintains requirements. There is an initial Quality System review and inspection. In addition there are ongoing periodic inspections.
For the European Union, manufacturers of electrical equipment used near or in atmospheres that may be explosive must comply with the ATEX Directive.
To sell into Europe, the more comprehensive CE mark is required. For this mark, a product must satisfy health and safety directives for the European Union countries. This mark is mandatory for exporting to the European Union.
RoHS stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. RoHS II European Directive 2011/65/EC govern the latest requirements. This limits the use of specific hazardous materials. All products sold into the EU market must conform to RoHS. It covers the following materials. Lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (CrVI), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), and four different phthalates (DEHP, BBP, BBP, DIBP). The restricted materials are hazardous to the environment. They are also deemed potentially dangerous to personnel engaged in manufacturing and recycling.
Dataforth invests heavily in hazardous location certifications; and complying with worldwide standards. All products can help end users and customer’s OEM products comply with these requirements.