I recently worked on an interesting inspection. A business manager called and asked about conducting a wall-to-wall OSHA compliance assessment for their administrative, warehouse, and production spaces. That’s a pretty typical request, but what was interesting was why they needed it. This company is involved in recycling consumer electronics, and they were applying for a certification called “R2” through an organization called SERI (Sustainable Electronics Recycling International).
“R2” stands for “Responsible Recycling”. The R2 certification has many goals, all of which revolve on the concepts of sustainability and responsibility. R2 certification has become a prerequisite to do business with most large suppliers and customers.
One of the goals of R2 certification is to ensure that recyclers are taking appropriate steps to ensure that personal data stored on electronic devices, such as photos, text messages, emails, financial records, etc., are properly protected from identity thieves and other miscreants.
But in addition to data security and privacy issues, there are requirements pertaining to environmental management and employee health and safety. An organization applying for R2 certification must be able to demonstrate, among other things, that they are operating in compliance with applicable OSHA regulations, and that there is a functioning health and safety management program in place. Therefore, companies who pursue R2 certification may also pursue ISO 14001, 18001, and/or 45001 all at the same time.
All of these standards require the employer to design and execute ongoing and effective environmental management and occupational health and safety management programs or systems. And as a part of those systems, they must implement procedures for ongoing hazard identification and assessment. The hazard identification and assessment procedures are usually based, at least in part, on inspections and assessments of the operation conducted by safety professionals. Organizations which are too small to employ safety professionals in-house, often utilize the services of vendors or consultants to fulfill this need.
If your organization is pursuing R2 certification through SERI, and you need assistance with safety program assessments, inspections, other services, please call us at (612)597-6463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our compliance assessments address OSHA requirements such as:
- Physical conditions
- Employee training
- Occupational health and industrial hygiene
- Written programs, policies, procedures