now, there is no one associated with the recycling industry that hasn't been
negatively affected by low commodity prices, or the unpredictability associated
with those prices. From facilities, to equipment providers, everyone shares the
burden. It is, however, in times like these that your RIOS™ QEHS Management
System best provides value to your facility.
foremost, volume remains critical to being successful in these market
conditions. Simple economics says that when margins are smaller, the only way
to make up is to produce more product. Providing guarantees to both suppliers
and customers will help ensure the retention of current stakeholders, but more
importantly will help you expand those connections. Through the quality
components of RIOS™, you will be able to provide better communication with
those groups, better product, and most importantly, a higher standard of
service. Also of value to the facility, a properly developed management system
will allow management to identify opportunities to improve efficiency, and
process the same material at lower cost.
customer and the product, cond itions like the ones being faced at facilities all over the
world will test the limits of health and safety programs. Not only is it more
difficult to invest in safety, but fewer employees are working harder to meet
the deadlines set by management. At times like these, when fatigue becomes a
factor, it is key to ensure that health and safety remains a priority, and the
health and safety system that has been put in place is as effective as
possible. This is paramount, not only because the health and safety of everyone
within a facility is a priority, but also because when facilities are in
economically challenging times they simply cannot afford the additional costs
associated with incidents—no matter how severe.
On a final note,
failing to comply with federal, state or local regulation related to
environmental responsibility and health and safety is costly. By properly
developing a RIOS™ management system, the facility has reviewed all of these
regulations and had done everything it can to ensure compliance. In an
environment in which OSHA and the EPA are growing more aggressive in their
enforcement, the assurance that a well-developed RIOS™ system provides can pay
for itself many times over.
Ultimately, RIOS™ does not have the ability to
change the economic issues that are currently challenging the industry, but we
have often seen that it can help facilities weather the storm. Over the coming
months, RIOS™ staff and stakeholders will focus programming in webinars and
industry events on these issues so that facilities can leverage their system to
their favor. If you have any question about how to maximize the effectiveness
of your system, please do not hesitate to contact RIOS™ Director Darrell Kendall.