QMI-SAI Global Becomes Accredited for the Responsible Recycling© (R2) Standard

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For electronics recyclers seeking certification to the R2 standard, QMI-SAI Global can help. This certification program provides a mechanism for managing and communicating commitment to addressing the specific concerns of the e-waste recycling and refurbishment industries. The R2 standard has been designed to serve recyclers, which includes but is not limited to electronics resellers, refurbishers, recyclers, demanufacturers, asset recoverers, brokers, as well as leasing companies.

Offering certification services for R2 complements the wide range of environmental, health and safety and quality audits QMI-SAI Global has been offering industry for over 25 years in North America.

QMI-SAI Global proudly announces the achievement of accreditation to the Responsible Recycling (R2) standard. As of June 2011, ANAB accredited QMI-SAI Global for R2, further increasing the options for those electronic recyclers seeking certification to the R2 standard. QMI-SAI Global is leveraging its current EHS auditing capabilities to support the growth of the R2 program. The company is excited to offer R2 certification to its existing customer base and the electronics recycling market through audits that that focus on the integrity of the standard and the needs of business to continually improve.

What is the R2 standard? The goal of the standard is to create a voluntary, market-based mechanism for ensuring best practices, which would also provide essential assurance to perspective customers. The standard builds on an ISO style Plan-Do-Check-Act management system, and incorporates environmental, health and safety management, media sanitization, export and disposal restrictions, chain of custody accountability and transportation control. International standards, such as ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 9001 and e-Stewards can be integrated with R2. The content of the Responsible Recycling© (R2) standard is managed by the R2 Solutions Board of Directors.

Nowadays, the health, safety and environmental impacts that result from this waste stream are significant. The R2 standard provides an opportunity for toxic waste stream and data security concerns to be managed responsibly. Certification provides a mechanism for managing and communicating commitment to safety and environmental performance, accountability for e-waste to final disposition and data security.

Only recognized certification bodies can provide R2 certification. No unaccredited certifications or claims of system conformity are permitted. Certification to the program requires at least an annual independent audit.

Offering certification services for R2 complements the wide range of environmental, health and safety and quality audits QMI-SAI Global has been offering industry for over 25 years in North America. QMI-SAI Global supports its key services with dedicated product managers, who oversee the programs and standards and help customers to improve and manage their needs.

John Fraser, Product and Development Manager, Environment, is QMI-SAI Global’s technical expert for the development and growth efforts of QMI-SAI Global’s environmental programs. Fraser is a member of the R2 Technical Advisory Committee and is contributing to the revisions of the R2 standard. In addition, he is a lead auditor for multiple standards and has been contributing to standards development for close to ten years.

More information on the Responsible Recycling program and how to obtain the R2 standard can be found Here.

Company Profile:

QMI-SAI Global helps organizations manage risk, achieve certification and drive improvement by providing training, registration audits, and supplier management programs that can improve business performance. With more than 800 auditors and 24,000 registrations worldwide, we are a global leader committed to exceptional customer service and advancing business excellence.

QMI-SAI Global is focused not only on evaluating business practices against a standard, but also on understanding how compliance with those standards can improve the operations of our customers. QMI-SAI Global auditors are industry veterans with years of experience in the sectors they serve, enabling them to interpret the standards precisely.

SAI Global Training and Improvement Solutions specializes in offering a range of innovative learning approaches and tool-based solutions to enable both individuals and organizations to achieve key objectives.

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