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What is RIOS™and How to Get Certified?

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What is RIOS™ Certification?

RIOS (The Recycling Industry Operating Standard) is an integrated Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety Management System Certification based on ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. It is specifically designed for the recycling industry and it integrates the key operational elements of a robust management system, bringing quality, environmental and health and safety together into one streamlined system.


What are The Benefits of the RIOS Certification?


Choosing to pursue RIOS certification is an investment in your facility that will pay dividends for years to come. As an integrated standard, RIOS will have a positive impact across many areas within the facility. We've listed just a few of these benefits below.

  • Health and Safety: Through the RIOS process a facility will evaluate all areas of operation for potential safety hazards, and make necessary procedural and engineering changes to decrease the likelihood and severity of a safety incident.

  • Environment: RIOS facilities conduct a thorough review of their environmental impacts. This includes considerations of noise, air, and water pollution, as well as energy consumption, and positive impacts like a generation of recyclables.

  • Quality: Having a certified quality management system is a great asset to your stakeholders. Whether upstream or downstream, your customers and suppliers are looking for consistent, accurate, and high-quality products and experiences. By evaluating your operations, producing auditable procedures, and customer requirements the facility is better able to serve its stakeholders.

  • Cost: With RIOS™, you can save a lot of time by implementing one standard versus two or three ISO standards and save a lot of money over a three-year certification cycle.


How to Get Certified


The RIOS™ standard is an ANAB-Accredited standard that is third-party audited. A certification body, also referred to as a “registrar”, performs an audit to assess compliance with the standard and the organization’s management system. Upon a successful audit, the organization is granted a certificate of compliance from the registrar.

The process of obtaining the certification may seem daunting at first, to make the process even easier, schedule a free 30-minute consultation with an IBEC expert to learn more about the RIOS certification.