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Old 05-25-2006, 04:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I heard on the grapevine that some Blackberry models, 7290 i think, break European rules on the amount of lead in the device as it could be a health hazzard and has a result some companies are sending their devices back.

Has anyone heard of this?

I know that to meet the U.S. FCC rules alot of electronic devices are encased in all sorts of stuff to shield them, and I have noticed on my device a lump of what looks like lead surrounding the SIM Card to shield the motherboard.

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First time I've heard of this one.
Do you have any references or reports of this?
I guess too much lead could be a problem if you ate the BlackBerry....
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I haven't got any references yet has I heard this from someone involved in a project rollout for a major golbal bank. So I have been busy trying to dig out this info. But I have told people not to eat them...I know it says BlackBerry on the label

oh..and to wear rubber gloves when changing the SIM
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There's nothing on Google about this and I've never even heard an inkling about this. Sounds like a rumor to me...
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There's nothing on Google about this and I've never even heard an inkling about this. Sounds like a rumor to me...
The original poster is probably referring to EU ROHS compliance (see: http://www.doublecode.com/rohs/ ). ROHS compliance is required for all products sold in the EU countries beginning 7/1/2006 and requires manufacturers to eliminate/restrict 6 hazardous substances from their products. The major impact is to electronics manufacturers...

I looked at RIM's site and there was no ROHS complaince statement I could find.
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BostonNerd, thanks for that.

I will still dig around to see if anything is flagged up on this. It may be just rumours which were circulating, but if i get any more info, I will update here.

I think the issues are not how much stuff we are exposed to, but more to do if the items are not disposed of correctly, you wind up with a ton of toxic metals polluting the environment.

I know in the U.K we have rules about how we dispose of computer monitors, print tonners etc. And i think there is one coming into play about how we dispose of used batteries, if it all ready hasn't taken effect.

How does it stand in the U.S on this?
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We send the junk to the UK.

Just kidding. There are absolute rules on the disposal of lead, mercury and other toxic or heavy metals, and it is against the law to simply "throw them out".

There are lead exposure limits also, but I've not heard of any BB issues with that.
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Ahh yes, we send you squirel's, we get fast food in return

I've asked a friend of mine who works for a Telco to see if they have any info on this.

From the EU regs on reducing hazard material use in electronic devices, someone should have a list or idea of how many tech companies are complying with this.
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Ahh yes, we send you squirel's, we get fast food in return

I've asked a friend of mine who works for a Telco to see if they have any info on this.

From the EU regs on reducing hazard material use in electronic devices, someone should have a list or idea of how many tech companies are complying with this.
You still have Wimpy Hamburgers over there? Makes our fast food almost palatable ;)

If a company does not comply (and provide the required agency certification) they cannot sell the product in EU countries.
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Wimpy...I thought they went bust, then I found one not far from were I live. I still have a set of A-Team toys from there when they did a promotion about 23 odd years ago....oh..yes, this is a blackberry forum
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It's not whether you touch the lead, it's whether you eat it.......

The EU RoHS laws are meant to reduce lead pollution when we get rid of all our zillions of electronic gadgets. It also reduces the manufacturers lead waste, which can be fairly high. For the everyday user, lead poses no hazard.

We're much more at risk from the electromagnetic radiation. Oh no, I didn't just say that, did I??????????
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