Filed under: chemicals, EU Information | Tags: batteries, Cadmium, toxic mercury
MEPs have voted to ban cadmium from being used in power tool batteries and mercury from being used in button cells. This ban will come into force from 31 December 2016, which will allow existing stocks of batteries containing these two toxic metals to be run down and be replaced by newer products not containing cadmium or mercury.
Both these metals can cause problems to analytical chemists in terms of measurements, but modern techniques, particularly ICP-MS, do allow for more accurate, sensitive and robust measurements of cadmium and mercury to be made.
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