Final Language for SAICM Hazardous substances within the life cycle of electrical and electronic products

http://iccm4/bc/Crps.htm?lang=3 - SAICM/ICCM.4/CRP.18

Noting the progress report by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Strategic Approach secretariat survey on hazardous substances within the life cycle of electrical and electronic products, which highlight gaps and suggest the need for further work on the upstream and mid-stream levels,

Recognizing the report entitled “The Challenge to the Global Electronics Industry”, which addresses sound management of hazardous substances within the life cycle of electrical and electronic products,

  1. Encourages stakeholders to:
    1. Consider and implement, as appropriate, the Strategic Approach Global Plan of Action, particularly the actions related to hazardous substances in electric and electronic products adopted by the International Conference on Chemicals Management at its third session;
    2. Maximize risk reduction by encouraging original equipment manufacturers to adopt sustainable design and safer processes for production, waste management and recycling of electrical and electronic products throughout the supply chain and life cycle;
    3. Widely disseminate the report and consider the recommendations made and the key messages delivered on hazardous chemicals within the life cycle of electrical and electronic products by the participants in the international workshop on hazardous substances within the life cycle of electrical and electronic products, held in Vienna on 29–31 March 2011 (see SAICM/ICCM.3/INF/24) when deciding on further actions to take in respect of such chemicals.
  2. Invites the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in partnership with other organizations of the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals and relevant stakeholders to undertake a process to develop and finalize the workplan 2016–2020 set out in SAICM/ICCM.4/INF/18, including by:
    1. Soliciting comments and input on the workplan from Strategic Approach stakeholders; and
    2. Revising the workplan on the basis of comments received from Strategic Approach stakeholders and including indicators of progress to be reported by stakeholders as part of the report to be developed for consideration by the Conference at its fifth session.
  3. Encourages Strategic Approach stakeholders to take steps to enhance their involvement and efforts to develop and implement the workplan wherever possible, in particular the International Labour Organization in addressing worker safety in the production of electrical and electronic products throughout the supply chain, as well as in waste management and recycling;
  4. Encourages meaningful engagement of all Strategic Approach stakeholders  to consider the recommendations from the Vienna workshop when deciding on further action to take, in particular to:
    1. Promote advocacy, awareness, information, education and communication about hazardous chemicals in electrical and electronic products for vulnerable groups and relevant stakeholders along the supply chain beginning in 2016;
    2. Encourage original equipment manufacturers to work with their supply chain to develop and implement sustainable and effective electrical and electronic products take-back programmes;
    3. Encourage original equipment manufacturers to work with their supply chain to establish and implement industrial hygiene and environmental monitoring programs;
    4. Facilitate the implementation of procurement initiatives that favour improved safety and sustainability profile of electrical and electronic products, including chemicals used in manufacturing;
    5. Encourage original equipment manufacturers to collect and provide health and safety information to workers on chemicals they are handling or exposed to in electrical and electronic products manufacturing.
  5. Encourage relevant stakeholders to consider implementing the chemicals in products programme in order to provide access to information on hazardous chemicals in the life cycle of electrical and electronic products.