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SERI's standard development process earns ANSI accreditation
SERI has the distinction of being the only standard developer for electronics recycling that has earned ANSI accreditation. This means that, as of September 1st, SERI's standard development process - which will be used to revise the R2 Standard - meets ANSI's Essential Requirements for Due Process, the benchmark for the development of voluntary consensus standards.

Why is this significant?  The U.S. government places a premium on the use of voluntary consensus standards in its procurement and regulatory activities. "SERI and other voluntary consensus standards bodies are distinguished by their commitment to openness; balance of interests; due process; an appeals process; and, consensus," says John Lingelbach, executive director for SERI (the non-profit with oversight responsibility for the R2 Standard). "ANSI accreditation confirms SERI's commitment to these principles and will clearly differentiate the R2 Standard in the marketplace."

Additional R2 Implementation Guide modules available on SERI website
SERI recently added three new implementation guide modules to its website.  The purpose of the implementation guide is to educate and assist companies that are preparing for certification.  Current modules available are:
  • Provision 1: Environmental, Health, and Safety Management System
  • Provision 2: Reuse, Recover Hierarchy of Responsible Management Strategies
  • Provision 4: On-site Environmental, Health, and Safety
  • Provision 5: Focus Materials
The remaining modules should be finished by the end of the year and will be posted to the SERI website as they are completed.  

Why executives should embrace internal audits
Many businesses view internal audits as a necessary evil - a cost and interruption to their business that does not enhance the company's profitability.  This is a short sighted view, often resulting in a lack of sufficient time and resources being allocated to the audit.  Not embracing the internal audit process is a lost opportunity for businesses.  Here is why:

Internal audits identify issues and problems while they can still be fixed confidentially.    Waiting until an outside auditor identifies the problem ultimately creates more work for your business.  More importantly, it puts your certification at risk.  And what was once an internal problem, now becomes a public problem.  
The internal audit can be instrumental in holding your employees accountable.    You've gone through the time and expense of developing a written plan for how you want your business to operate.  You've incorporated all the necessary legal requirements into your processes.  The internal audit is a valuable tool to ensure that your employees are following the processes that you've spelled out.  Your employees don't need to know the reasons behind each process, and likely won't understand the complexity of OSHA Powered Industrial Truck regulations, for example.  They just need to follow the instructions to ensure your business remains in compliance.  Internal audits provide management the assurance that all these complexities are being met.  Furthermore, it can initiate corrections to ensure that the problems are addressed at the root cause to prevent reoccurrence.

Internal audits identify weaknesses in your system.   Weaknesses may lead to injuries, mistakes, spills, fires, inefficiencies, etc.  Identifying and correcting weaknesses before problems occur can increase profitability and save significant costs down the road.

Use the outcomes of internal audits to identify successes.   The standards you subscribe to should reflect the core best practices of your business.  Reward employees for conformance to the system, as this reinforces the behavior and operations that you have prescribed in your management system.  Internal audits need not be one major event each year.  Break it down into monthly or quarterly portions to comprise the full audit over a year's time.  This will provide you the reassurance that your system and your team are effective.

E-Scrap Recap
Continuing Interest in R2 Certification
More than 90 recyclers registered for the R2 Introductory Workshop, demonstrating a continuing interest on the part of recyclers (and their suppliers) in R2 certification.  The primary drivers for companies pursuing R2 certification are:
  • Increasing marketplace demand for R2 certification by suppliers and vendors;
  • The emphasis R2 puts on testing and reuse;
  • The emphasis R2 places on sustainable resource management vs. "waste" management;
  • The training and implementation tools that are provided to companies seeking R2 certification.
R2 Certification:  Raising the bar for electronics recycling - again. 
SERI's executive director, John Lingelbach, authored the article TRUST, BUT VERIFY  for the August issue of E-Scrap News, which was distributed at the E-Scrap conference.  In it, Lingelbach acknowledged how certification has changed the electronics recycling industry for the better, but also addressed areas that must be revamped and strengthened.  In particular, improving the audit process and providing more robust training for auditors.  CLICK HERE to read the full article. 

Bi-Monthly Webinars/Conference Calls
R2 Auditor Webinar
October 14, 7:00pm (Eastern Time)
A bi-monthly discussion of auditing questions and issues common to certifying body auditors (not internal auditors).  If you perform audits for an R2 approved certifying body and are not receiving invitations to this bi-monthly event, please send you name, email address, and name of the certifying body you work for to Patty@SustainableElectronics.org.

R2 Certified Recycler/Refurbisher Webinar
November 18, 12:00pm  (Eastern Time)
A bi-monthly discussion of implementation questions and issues common to R2 certified companies.  If your company is R2 certified and you are not currently receiving invitations for this bi-monthly event, please contact Patty@SustainableElectronics.org

R2 Training Webinars
Intro to R2
An overview of the R2 Standard requirements,
and the steps and costs
of certification.

Wed. September 23
10:00am-11:15am (CDT)

Wed. October 7
10:00am-11:15am (CDT)

Wed. October 21
10:00am-11:15am (CDT)

NO CHARGE to attend.
Advanced R2 Training
This interactive 5-hour course covers the requirements of the R2 Standard in detail. Auditors, consultants and facility managers are welcome to attend.

Tues. October 13
10:00am-3:00pm (CDT)

Tues. November 10
10:00am-11:15am (CST)

Cost: $300
Marketing Workshop
Making the most of
your R2 Certification
Learn strategies for building your business and marketing your R2 Certification from Bob McCarthy who successfully landed many Fortune 500 accounts during his tenure as VP of Business Development at a large electronics remarketing and recycling firm. Bob has more than 15 years of industry experience.

Wed. October 22
10:00am-11:00am (CDT)

FREE of charge for:
R2 certified companies and companies that are pursuing certification and have paid the R2 license fee.

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