Provision 1 of the R2 Standard requires that R2 certified companies also be certified to an accredited Environmental, Health and Safety management standard. Two options are given:
- Certification to ISO 14001 (environmental best practices) and OHSAS 18001 (worker health & safety best practices); or
- Certification to RIOS (combines best practices for environmental, worker health & safety, and quality)
For companies new to the world of certification standards, understanding the requirements and preparing for certification can be daunting.
A new version of the RIOS standard was released this year, and with it, a new and enhanced “Do-it-yourself” RIOS Implementation Guide (RIG) that includes tools, templates, and instructions designed to assist facilities – even those with limited knowledge of management systems – put the necessary systems and procedures in place to prepare for RIOS certification.
The RIG contains detailed articles, instructions, implementation tips, and pitfalls to avoid. Also included are the tools and templates necessary to fully implement the RIOS Management System.
“The RIG is not just a start-to-finish tool,” says Darrell Kendall, RIOS executive director. “If a facility chooses to use a consultant, the RIOS Implementation Guide can supplement their work, as well as aid in on-going system maintenance, and serve as a training tool for new Environment Health and Safety staff.”
The RIOS Implementation Guide is available only to current RIOS members. For more information about RIOS and how to get started with RIOS Certification, visit www.rioscertification.org or contact Executive Director, Darrell Kendall at email@example.com.