Labelling of batteries
All batteries or accumulators must be marked with the symbol of “crossed-out wheeled dustbin” (the WEEE dustbin), which is the symbol marking the products liable to the take-back collection.
All batteries containing
- > 0.0005% Hg (mercury)
- > 0.002% Cd (cadmium)
- > 0.004% Pb (lead)
and, in addition, they must be marked with the relevant element chemical symbol.
Among the portable batteries or accumulators that are allowed to be placed on the market, the following products must be marked:
- alkaline button cells with the ‘Hg’ symbol,
- nickel-cadmium accumulators with the ‘Cd’ symbol, i.e. those purported for powered hand tools, medical equipment and emergency or safety systems,
- lead gel batteries (used, for instance, in UPS) with the ‘Pb’ symbol.
The marking must be made directly on the batteries or accumulators. Button and micropencil batteries (AAA), where the marking can be made on their wrappings, represent an exception to this rule.
The marking with capacity of batteries or accumulators cannot be made in practice so far, because the relevant implementation rules are available neither on the EU or CZ level.
Published on: 09. 12. 2009
Author: Ing. Karel Krejsa