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Regulations

Battery and Waste Battery Regulations

Material content, marking and waste regulations apply to batteries (EU Directive 2006/66/EC) and H-Squared can support you towards meeting any obligations you may have.~
  • All batteries supplied by H-Squared meet the contents and marking requirements of the regulations.
  • If you manufacture or import batteries into the UK then you may be a producer and be required to join one of the approved Battery Compliance Schemes.
  • If you sell batteries to end users then you should contact one of the approved Battery Compliance Schemes to set up collection arrangements.
  • If you have waste general purpose portable batteries then you can return them to any battery retailer or distributor that allows such access.
  • Alternative arrangements may also be available. H-Squared has teamed up with BatteryBack, one of the larger Compliance Schemes, for their support with battery disposal. Please contact them directly for further information.
  • If you have waste industrial batteries (batteries solely for use in professional devices), then the producer will provide further details about disposal.

Transportation of Lithium Batteries

Lithium batteries offer many advantages - higher energy density, wide operating temperature, long shelf life, and excellent high current performance.

However, their transportation is regulated (new and used, standalone or with equipment). In fact the regulations classify all lithium batteries as dangerous goods, but then list a series of exemptions subject to certain conditions (mainly the size and capacity of the battery).

The key requirements of the regulations for land and sea transport are:
  • It is the responsibility of the shipping organisation to ensure that the regulations are met. This applies to your supplier, and most probably, your organisation when they are transported further.
  • All lithium batteries must have passed international safety tests (UN Tests) - (although it is possible to ship small quantities of untested batteries in special containers).
  • Many tested lithium batteries are exempt from the main regulations and can be shipped unrestricted apart from some special labelling.
  • Those few that are sufficiently large (eg D and C size primary, rechargeable packs with more than 100 WHr capacity) to be subject to the regulations are classified as Class 9. This means they must be:
    • Packed by specially trained personnel
    • Using special packaging
    • With special documentation
    • Transported only by organisations with appropriate systems and training processes
  • Since the above list requires extra training, specially tested packaging and access to a limited number of suitably qualified carriers, significant extra cost is involved.
Tighter restrictions and even prohibition applies to transport by air.

Lithium batteries, whatever the classification, should never be sent by post.

Please ensure your supplier, and you, meet these regulations.

Conflict Minerals Policy

H-Squared supports the aims and objectives of the U.S. legislation on the supply of “conflict minerals”. A full policy statement is available below.

Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking

Introduction

The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 stipulates that businesses are required to publish a statement each financial year demonstrating an understanding of the Act and the steps that are being taken to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place, whether within the business or its supply chains, in any way.

Modern slavery and human trafficking in all their various forms and guises are a crime in the UK and much of the world. They are a violation of fundamental human rights and as such UK Electric Ltd will not tolerate or condone slavery or human trafficking in any part of our organisation. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking and are totally committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all activities and business relationships and we expect our supply chain, contractors, employees and all other business partners to commit to the same.

The company will not knowingly support or deal with any business involved in slavery or human trafficking.

UK Electric Ltd have published this statement relating to the financial year ending 31st December 2019.

Our business

UK Electric Ltd is a privately-owned company established in 1993 and has developed since then through acquisition and organic growth to become the “Home of Specialist Distribution”. Supplying products from energy saving lighting to industrial controls and more, UK Electric Ltd is a market leader, serving over 4000 customers from 23 sites and with over 200 employees.

All company sites are based in, and goods sold solely within, the United Kingdom. However, we work with many international suppliers from a vast range of countries:

Our business

UK Electric Ltd is a privately-owned company established in 1993 and has developed since then through acquisition and organic growth to become the “Home of Specialist Distribution”. Supplying products from energy saving lighting to industrial controls and more, UK Electric Ltd is a market leader, serving over 4000 customers from 23 sites and with over 200 employees.

All company sites are based in, and goods sold solely within, the United Kingdom. However, we work with many international suppliers from a vast range of countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • The Netherlands
  • Turkey
  • USA

While many of our suppliers operate within the European Union, we are conscious of the increased risk posed by the trade undertaken outside of this area and are working on building stricter controls to reduce our risk of exposure to unethical practices and procedures.

The majority of UK Electric Ltd.’s workforce is employed permanently, using agency workers as required.

Since our last published statement, we have worked hard to improve our knowledge of the Modern Slavery legislation and the framework surrounding it. It is important to us as a company that our staff and suppliers have a comprehensive set of policies and processes to follow and a clear understanding of what is expected of them with regards to their role in identifying potential acts of slavery or trafficking.

The Directors and senior management team at the Company have overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all persons working for us or on our behalf comply with it.

The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our business or supply chain is the responsibility of all persons working for us, or on our behalf, in any capacity

Policies

Code of Conduct: All new starters to the business are provided with our Code of Conduct on employment as part of the Company Handbook and specifically in our Standard Practice Instruction, Business Ethics. A declaration of compliance to the behaviours expected is required and refreshed.

Adult and Child Safeguarding Policy: Communicates the safeguarding of vulnerable adults and children.

Equal Opportunities Policy: Within our own business we ensure that all employment laws and Right to Work checks are adhered to through thorough policies, incorporating high standards of conduct communicated in our Employee Handbook. We have a confidential reporting line for whistleblowing, accessible to all employees and notices with information regarding this reporting line are clearly displayed at all locations.

All persons working for us in any capacity must read, understand and comply with our Modern Slavery policy and avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy.

All company policies are readily available to all employees at each company site.

Due Diligence

The Company is satisfied from its own due diligence there is no evidence of any act of modern slavery or human trafficking within its own organisation.

As part of the Company’s due diligence processes into modern slavery and human trafficking the supplier approval procedure incorporates a review of the controls undertaken by them. The Company also conducts premises visits, as deemed necessary, to overseas suppliers to ensure due diligence is observed.

Our Modern Slavery Statement is available to all employees and they are expected to read and understand it. This statement must be clearly and prominently displayed on the Notice Board at all business locations.

We are committed to improving our current processes and policies and as such are working on a more robust and comprehensive due diligence policy which can be rolled out across the business to standardise our approach.

Risk Assessment

Our business is based in the United Kingdom and as such has a low risk of exposure to modern slavery or trafficking. However, we do acknowledge that some areas in our supply chain are at an increased risk of modern slavery occurring (based on information taken from Global Slavery Index).

We have recently added Modern Slavery training to our online course library as a step towards improving knowledge and controls. This training includes important information regarding red flags and how to report concerns and we hope that this will encourage any individual with genuine concerns to raise them immediately and with confidence.

There were no reported incidents of modern slavery or trafficking in the 2019 financial year.

Looking forward

We aim to work on the following in the 2020 financial year:

Due diligence – A new policy and due diligence framework to be rolled out across the business to enhance the checks already being carried out in a more structured and uniform manner.

Training – Further online training options to be reviewed and offered to all employees via our online training suite.

Access to Policies – We are currently developing centralised online access for viewing policies which will make them more accessible to all employees, at all times, across our company. This is nearing completion and will be rolled out shortly.

UK Electric Ltd will review both its supply chain and internal operations on an annual basis to check compliance with the above policy, and to ensure that our policy is being implemented effectively.

The Directors and senior management team will review the Company’s statement in response to any major business, organisational or legislative changes or as a result of any breach or concern regarding modern slavery and approved this current statement.

Reach 2020

Re: EU REACH Regulation EC 1907/2006 and Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)

Update: January 2020

We supply you with batteries, which under REACH, are treated as articles which are not intended to release substances. There are no obligations to register them or to provide Safety Data Sheets downstream. This said most battery manufacturers do provide Material Safety Data Sheets to meet other requirements that can be provided through links within our website (www.h-squared.co.uk) or on request.

All of the manufacturers that supply us have worked with their own suppliers to ensure the necessary registration of substances, where applicable, and the downstream provision of the relevant information (although as we say above, this is not currently required).

We can confirm that none of the products we supply you contain any of the substances in the latest update (January 2020) of the candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern above a concentration of 0.1% weight by weight.

I trust this is of assistance, however do not hesitate to contact us should you require further information.

Ian Ward – Logistics and Compliance Manager

For and on behalf of H-Squared (A Trading Division of UK Electric Ltd)

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