Sustainable Electronics Recycling (SERI) released the first major update of the R2 standard since 2013 in July 2020, providing a list of new standards for IT asset disposition enterprises. We have been highlighting R2v3 with a series outlining the updated standards. Read more about the new R2v3 changes including EH&S Management Updates, Data Security, Process Requirements, Data Sanitization, and Specialty Electronics Reuse. In the final chapter of the series we examine changes to materials recovery, and brokering.
Materials Recovery: The new R2v3 standards require a regular hazards identification and assessment to be conducted, and documented as part of the EHSMS and records of results maintained. The standards specify training and knowledge requirements for the individual conducting the hazards identification assessment, and defines specific EHS control measures that must be considered as part of the hazards identification and assessment process. The assessment must be used to further determine the level of implementation required where the results of the assessment indicate that any of the identified control measures are applicable and necessary. The new standards also require EHS control measures in disassembly areas to manage potential risks associated with dismantling, such as fires during battery removal and handling. Enterprises are now required to remove FMs and print cartridges prior to shredding, or materials recovery except where certain specific conditions exist. Removed FMs are required to be sent for safe and effective processing, recovery or treatment in accordance with applicable legal requirements. R2v3 requires pollution liability insurance coverage or other guarantee to cover any environmental incidents. Another requirement is the evaluation of material recovery output streams in accordance with the REC to determine the next appropriate step in processing.
Brokering: R2v3 requires brokering activities to be included in the R2 scope and all downstream vendors qualified. It also requires QMS certification for brokers through an accredited Certification Body. The new standards define specific requirements applicable to brokered R2 Controlled Streams. R2v3 standards provide an exemption from specific EHS and facility requirements for organizations that do not physically possess or handle R2 controlled streams.
Maintaining enterprise compliance is critical for gaining client trust and ensuring that their IT assets are taken care of to the best of our ability, and that every safety measure and precaution is taken to protect their personal information. HOBI International Inc. practices full legislative compliance in each of our locations. We are R2, RIOS and ISO-14001 certified, ensuring that all equipment is processed under full legislative compliance. In addition, HOBI only partners with R2-certified downstream vendors who are thoroughly audited each year for compliance standards.
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