The Recycling Industry Operating Standard™ (RIOS™) is an integrated Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety Management System that is designed for recyclers, by recyclers. RIOS is built on the well-established Plan-Do-Check-Act model, and takes a risk based approach to addressing all QEHS risks and impacts within a recycling facility. RIOS is designed for companies to obtain third-party certification through an ANAB-accredited certification body, which gives the facility the ability to market their facility as RIOS certified. For companies that are interested in the business benefits that come with the management system approach to addressing QEHS compliance, RIOS also offers a non-certified management track membership type.
Adopting a management system is an investment for a recycling facility. Like a new, more efficient shredder, a properly implemented RIOS management system will make a facility a more efficient operator, a more environmentally sound company, and improve health and safety. All of these things will lower the bottom line, decrease risk, and ultimately increase profits. It is not an easy process, and it does not happen overnight, but the management system approach has been adopted by companies of all sizes, across all industries because of its effectiveness.