Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS)
The intent of the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) is to establish a common standard that integrates the benefits of ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) and BS/OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System) requirements combined in one Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety (QEH&S) management system. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) recognized the benefits of ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and BS/OHSAS 18001 and decided to combine all of the pertinent requirements into one common standard that affords organizations the opportunity to realize the benefits of all of the standards under one scope of registration.
The RIOS Standard is independent of yet complimentary to the Responsible Recycling Standard (R-2). While the two standards have many similarities and common requirements, separate registrations are required. RIOS is recognized by the general recycling industry. R-2 is recognized by recyclers of electronic products and is endorsed by the EPA.
Third party certification plays a critical role towards ensuring sustainable recycling. Perry Johnson Consulting, Inc. provides consulting services intended to ensure that organizations wishing to achieve RIOS certification are provided with the necessary guidance to assist in successful registration to meet the requirements of the RIOS Standard outlined below.
ISRI’s commitment: e-recycling must be done right anywhere and everywhere in the world.