By now you have seen many references
to the RIOS™ revision. We have sought your feedback, and now we are beginning
to provide educational programming so that you, the implementers, are prepared
for what's coming. Before we get too deep into the details, it is important to
first understand the purpose behind the revision.
There are many types of standards that exist. They cover a
wide range of industries and topics, and serve different purposes. Some require
regular updating as best-practices evolve, and some have been tested over time.
RIOS™, as a QEHS management system standard is on the latter end of that
continuum. It is based on a plan-do-check-act cycle that has been around for
decades. Even then, as industry develops and evolves, so too must standards.
It has been nearly ten years since the first version of
RIOS™ was released, and in that time ISO has released changes to their
standards, and are going through a comprehensive revision as we speak. R2 and
e-Stewards, which are likely to change more rapidly as the electronics
recycling industry continues to grow and evolve, have both released two
versions of their standards. With all of these changes, the time is now perfect
for RIOS™ to also engage in this process.
The revision process will not only put a fresh date stamp on
the standard, which does have some value, it will make RIOS™ a state-of-the-art
management system. The revision will allow RIOS™ to harmonize with the
standards that are already in existence so that you, as the adopters, can easily
obtain multiple certifications while maintaining one management system.
Finally, the revision accounts for technological advances within the industry
and changes in best-practices, and ensures that your management system meets or
exceeds requirements that may be placed on you by customers, governments, or
The RIOS™ Board of Directors, staff, and everyone involved
in the revision process know that any change to the standard will require time
and effort at facilities all over the world. It was with careful consideration
that the decision was made to revise the standard, and the revision process was
done deliberatively, carefully, and with your best interest in mind. When the
new standard is released later this year, we are confident that it will make
RIOS™ facilities and the industry even stronger.
Over the coming months there will be several ways that
we will prepare you for what is coming. This process will start with a
pre-conference workshop at E-Scrap, and continue with a series of webinars that
will begin later this year. It is our goal to make this transition as easy as
possible, while also providing the greatest possible benefit to your