Chapter 7

Manufacturing Environmental Laws, Directives, and Challenges

John Quick,      Sr. Engineer, IBM Corporation, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

The Design and Manufacturing of optoelectronics technology and related components used in fiber optics data communication products are significantly influenced by the emergence of new international environmental, ecodesign and chemical legislative directives. These dynamic laws and regulations propose to limit or eliminate heavy metals, chemicals, and other environmental pollutants used in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electric equipment, which have been linked to lasting environmental impacts and human health effects. This chapter discusses the leading environmental law and directives, ...

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