[sdiy] Transition to Lead-Free Hand Soldering

Adam Inglis (synthDIY) synthdiy at adambaby.com
Sat Aug 21 12:54:36 CEST 2021

The reference you quote is dated August 2005.
It talks about the contribution of tin-lead (SnPb) solder to ozone depletion and acid rain (among other things). Even global warming gets a mention.

I’m not an expert in this field but it sounds more like a PhD pitch than hard evidence? And it does have that modern ring of alarmism…

sorry, maybe I’ve got alarm-fatigue..

(another relatively modern ailment)


> On 21 Aug 2021, at 8:24 pm, dh at atoav.com wrote:
> On 21/08/2021 11:01, cheater cheater wrote:
>> Leaded paste is easily available. Unless you're a manufacturer, RoHS
>> doesn't matter. Less lead will contrary to popular belief not save the
>> environment or anyone's health.
> So by changing to leaded solder paste I gain nothing but loose the
> potential to have a process that is RoHs conform (e.g. should I ever
> sell a small run of my modules)? Why would I do that?
> Also I am not sure what sources you base your conclusion on, but it is
> certainly not as simple as "it doesn't matter". It is true that
> lead-free is not automatically better in terms of environmental and
> health concerns (depending on the question you are asking), however it
> is certainly worse in most categories that matter to me (see [1]).
> As you can see in that source SnPb has a occupational health-non-cancer
> impact that is by _two magnitudes_ higher than all other paste variants.
> So if you claim this has no impact on "anyone's health" you are
> misleading at best unless we are talking about people who solder once a
> year.
> ---
> 1:
> https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2013-12/documents/lead_free_solder_lca_summary.pdf
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