AS/NZS 5377: The Essentials
AS/NZS 5377 is a management system standard developed by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and the New Zealand Ministry of Environment. The intent of the standard is to provide a uniform approach management of e-waste activities, mostly around safety and environmental concerns. AS/NZS 5377 has 5 sections that relate to various “steps” in the e-waste processing progress. Businesses can have multiple sections or just one apply to their business operations. However, there is one section of the standard that is compulsory for all those seeking AS/NZS 5377 E-waste certification Section one, nicknamed here, the head office section
Section 1 outlines the general requirements of the standard that are applicable to all organisations. This section provides a framework for identification of legal and other requirements to manage business functions as well as risks related to safety and environment. This section of the standard requires organisations to consider the following:
- The requirement to identify relevant legislation and licensing requirements
- Risk assessment processes and emergency response and identification of training needs
- Records management and data security
Ensuring requirements for the refurbishment of equipment and disposal to landfill are met. The requirements of this section share element with other ISO management system standards such as ISO 9001 Quality, ISO14001 Environment and AS/NZS4801 safety management systems certification.
This is beneficial to those who are already certified to another ISO standard as these standard share elements around recording and licensing requirements. So good news if you’re already certified (to ISO14001 in particular) then there is a good chance you will have already covered off the majority of the requirements in this section.
There are of course a few requirements unique to AS/NZS 5377 regarding specific compliance. The standard generally is compliant focused, specific and have a narrow breath for interpretation, unlike other management systems certification that are more open and broad in the way an organisation can demonstrate compliance. Everybody has some form of head office, this could be a could be the main site of operations or another site dependent entirely on how each individual business runs its operations.