Question: Is Your Electronics Manufacturing Facility Lacking Mandatory Permits?

If your electronics manufacturing facility  operates equipment that exhausts outside, including soldering machines and SMD ovens, it is likely that your facility should have a permit (such as an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA)) issued by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change(MOECC) to operate. If this is news to you, you are not alone. It has been estimated that 40% of facilities in Ontario, mostly small businesses, do not have the required permits. Often, the first time a facility will find out they need an ECA will be after they are visited by an MOECC officer. If a facility is found to be operating without the proper permits, they could face fines (recently, in March 2013, a company was fined $10,000 for operating without an approval), or be required to submit a permit application within a short period of time, resulting in unanticipated expenses.

ORTECH has over 50 years of experience in the field of air quality including preparing and submitting Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) applications for a wide range of clients including industry, utilities, and small businesses. ORTECH can assist your electronics manufacturing facility in obtaining the required air emission permits for:

•    Wave Soldering Machines;
•    Selective Soldering Machines;
•    SMD Ovens;
•    Hand Soldering;
•    Stencil Printers;
•    Washing Stations;
•    Adhesive Application Stations;
•    Conformal Coating Application Stations;
•    Building Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HAVC) systems; and,
•    Shop heaters.

ORTECH can assist your small business in ensuring that it meets air quality permit obligations in an effective and cost-efficient manner. If you would like to know more, please contact ORTECH for a free consultation or to obtain a free fact sheet on the air quality permitting system in Ontario.