According to the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL), huge numbers of small companies are still ignorant about RoHS and WEEE directives. Alan Brewin – who heads NPL’s RoHS and WEEE projects – told Design News’ UK-based sister publication Electronics Weekly that small companies are at risk of losing their markets if they don’t quickly adopt strategies to meet the directives.
Brewin notes the lack of awareness of environmental directives is not spread evenly through companies. He finds that awareness is high among engineers and process people while that awareness is not penetrating the management and procurement layers of many small companies.
The NPL has launched an education campaign in conjunction with the UK’s Federation of Small Businesses to spread awareness of RoHS and WEEE requirements. “We are offering free workshops and all of our reports are free,” Brewin told Electronics Weekly.