The Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) board of directors and staff have announced the release of the RIOS:2016 Implementation Guide (RIG). The guide includes a new Footprint Tool that RIOS says is more effective and easy to develop.
Designed as a “do-it-yourself system,” RIOS says the RIG is a series of documents, tools and templates intended to help recyclers effectively implement RIOS.
“The RIOS management system is now easier than ever to implement in your facility. Following the overhaul of the RIOS Standard in November 2016, the RIOS Technical Advisory Group spearheaded the development of an Implementation Guide that is more robust and more universally approachable by facility staff than the previous version,” says RIOS.
The new RIG is designed to be accessible to employees who are not compliance experts but have a role managing environmental issues, employee health and safety and quality control, says RIOS.
“Now, more than ever, a QEHS (quality, environmental, health and safety) management system is accessible to recycling facilities of all sizes, regardless of commodity or process,” RIOS says.
The RIG is available to all current RIOS members. Contact RIOS Program Assistant Michelle Woody by phone at 202-662-8553 for more information.
RIOS, which was developed by the Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), is an integrated QEHS management system certification that is designed for recyclers by recyclers. By integrating the management system, recyclers can more effectively manage their systems, which results in stronger health and safety programs, greater environmental responsibility and better operational efficiency, ISRI says.