VAT's Green Procurement Initiative
As a leading maker of vacuum valves, we are aware of our environmental responsibility when it comes to our production equipment and our products. We maintain a comprehensive management system to meet the needs of our globally active customer base. We have shown our responsibility by obtaining the certificate in quality management with ISO 9001 and environmental management ISO 14001.
VAT has started a comprehensive program to meet the requirements arising from worldwide environmental legislation and Green Procurement Initiatives. Our goal is conformity with these initiatives and legislation.
Global “Green Procurement” requirements of our customers in the semiconductor and electronics industry are clear enough: they preclude the use of any substances whose use is restricted or forbidden by global regulations or legislation. This includes materials like asbestos and azo dyes. We regard it as our duty to conform to these environmental programs in our design and manufacture of products.
Our goal is to limit the presence in our products of harmful substances listed in the Joint Industry Guide (JIG, www.ce.org ) or eliminate them altogether. All products delivered to our customers match statutory requirements (e.g. environmental and safety guidelines, banned substances) which are in effect in the country of origin and the country of final destination.
Information needed by our customers about the use of harmful substances in our products is provided in the following formats:
JAMP MSDSplus (http://www.jamp-info.com/)
JAMP AIS (http://www.jamp-info.com/)
The information sheets about substances contained in VAT products are based on information provided by third parties. They correspond to the present state of knowledge and are distributed to the customers who need them. VAT cannot itself guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.
Excluded from this declaration are: unintended pollution due to defective maintenance, disregard of operating instructions, excessive use, inappropriate tools, chemical or electrolytic effects, defective assembly work or other reasons for which we cannot assume responsibility.
We refer to our “supply and payment conditions” (section 9.3), according to which we only meet costs associated with the installation or use of defective parts. We decline liability for consequential damages.
VAT's declaration on the use of dangerous substances
No harmful substances are knowingly used in any VAT products.
As regards the use of dangerous substances in products we conform to the following international directives and legislation:
Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and Council on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS).
a. All electronic components and their homogeneous parts in our products meet the restrictions on all substances named in the RoHS directive.
Regulation (EG) no. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and Council on the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals (REACH).
b. REACH requires manufacturers of products to register all substances contained in the products, if these substances are likely to be released during operation. If our products are used appropriately, there can be no intentional release of such substances.
c. For products containing harmful substances classified as being “of very high concern” (SVHC) and which are found in a concentration of over 0.1%, VAT will provide all necessary and available information to affected customers.