The European Union is the folks who brought us RoHS, which has caused the long-term reliability of any electronics to plummet, as lead-free solder is subject to growing "tin whiskers" that short out the circuit. RoHS's bans on lead were too late to matter, the source lead in the waste stream was almost entirely cathode ray tubes (lead crystal glass for X-ray shielding), which are obsolete and no longer manufactured. Of course RoHS did nothing about the largest source of lead in the waste stream: car batteries. Haven't seen those in "lead free" yet...

So passing silly rules about chemicals that deserve careful handing is just a EU sort of thing to do.