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Design Policy
Precautionary Policy
Pegatron recognizes the need for caution in using substances and materials with known, suspected or possible adverse impacts on human health and the environment. Therefore, we are committed to taking a precautionary approach in selecting and using such substances and materials.

Pegatron complies with all mandated restrictions of hazardous substances. Moreover, Pegatron seeks to go beyond legislated mandates such that if a substance is not backed with full scientific certainty about its safety on the environment or on human health, the substance will be phased out (if currently used) or will be not selected for use in Pegatron products nor in our manufacturing process.

Pegatron takes a proactive approach in gathering information on potential adverse impacts of substances, including gathering data from current scientific research, supply chain vendors, customer feedback, international treaties and conventions, legislation, non-governmental organizations, recyclers, and our own internal laboratory testing.
Substitution Principle
Pegatron's Green Design Policy includes the substitution principle as follows:

"In phasing out hazardous or potentially hazardous substances, Pegatron reviews all available information to ensure that the replacement substance is less hazardous, or ideally non-hazardous."

Pegatron's Green Procurement and Management of Chemical Substances technical standard SPT-00001 specifies that chemicals are evaluated and purchased in a manner consistent with Pegatron's substitution policy. This procedure is used to select alternative materials for eliminating and reducing hazardous substances. The same procedure is used for our green design work to comply with RoHS and for specifying usage of materials that go beyond RoHS.

In the past two years Pegatron has developed and used an IT platform for green material selection and verification. Through this IT system, component vendors are required to provide hazardous substances warranty letters, component composition information, and 3rd-party test reports prior to approval by Pegatron. After Pegatron's survey team reviews all available information to ensure that the replacement substance is ideally non-hazardous or less hazardous than the potentially phased-out, non-RoHS-compliant substance, the component candidate can be approved and used in Pegatron products by our vendors.
Minimizing Toxic Dispersion
As mentioned above, careful chemical selection during the design process is a cornerstone of Pegatron' Green Design Policy and is shown by our current practice of phasing out hazardous and potentially hazardous substances. Pegatron uses several strategies to minimize toxic dispersion such as toxic, persistent, carcinogenic and/or endocrine disrupting compounds, not only during design but also in manufacturing:
  • Careful inventory and storage control of any potentially hazardous chemicals used i
  • Mandatory safety and health protective procedures, equipment, and training for employees working with haza rdous chemicals;
  • Spill control and containment procedures and training for facilities using hazardous chemicals;
  • Quality control procedures to assure minimal toxicity in finished products that are shipped to customers; and
  • Responsible recycling and disposal of spent hazardous and potentially hazardous chemicals.
Minimizing Material Intensity Policy
As part of Pegatron' green procurement efforts, we seek to reduce the intensity of materials in manufacturing, transport related to manufacture and distribution of products, and use of materials in corporate offices. Wherever possible, we seek to use more durable, less toxic materials in our products and in the materials used in all aspects of our corporate operations. An aspect of this policy is energy reduction and conservation in our operations.To read more about energy management in our operations.
Product Air Emissions Policy
Pegatron seeks to mitigate known adverse air and noise emissions from the operation of its products. By restricting and eliminating the use of chemicals and materials of concern in the manufacturing phase, Pegatron products have little air emissions of concern. As most of our products are laptops and various video display devices, these have very quiet operations with noise levels that do not come close to exceeding occupational health standards for noise exposure. Pegatron continuously monitors all aspects of environmental impact of its products and includes the impact on the user in its ongoing research and development.

Electromagnetic Radiation Policy
In order to protect the health and safety of the users of our products, Pegatron has standards and procedures for electromagnetic interference (EMI) testing, to assure EMI limits are not exceeded.This testing includes internal standards for the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for mobile phones, which is 1.4 W/kg (this is well below the FCC standard of 2.0 W/kg and the CE standard of 1.6W/kg).
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