AS/NZS 5377 Electronic Waste Management
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.
Compass Assurance has experienced environmentally qualified auditors with a range of experience in e waste. Certification takes place as a two step audit process. Our auditor will come to your site and perform a stage 1 audit which looks at your current practices, and aligns them with the relevant sections of AS/NZS 5377 which are relevant for your organisation. We provide you with a stage 1 audit report which will identify any ‘gaps’ or nonconformances, areas where you may need to develop either process or documentation in order to meet the requirements of the standard.
When you are ready for stage 2, we will perform a more in-depth audit; which will look at the implementation of your processes in line with the requirements of AS/NZS 5377. Again, we will provide an audit report; which will outline where you meet the standard, and whether there are any areas of your system you need to address in order to fully comply.
Once your are certified, surveillance audits will take place annually, and you will be required to be re-certified in three years.
ARE YOU READY FOR E WASTE MANAGEMENT?
The standard is divided into 5 sections. The first section applies to all businesses, and the remaining 4 sections are specific to different recycling and reuse functions.
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 licencing requirements
- Risk assessment processes and emergency response and identification of training needs
- Records management and data security
Ensuring requirements for refurbishment of equipment and disposal to landfill are met.
Section 2 of the standard covers requirements for collection and storage facilities.
Section 3 of the standard contains requirements for organisations who recover for reuse from end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment.
This applies to businesses who are recovering assemblies or components from end of life electrical and electronic equipment. It should be noted however that repair, refurbishment and remarketing of whole equipment is outside of the scope of the standard. Areas to consider include:
- Identification and handling of materials identified for re-use
- Processes for harvesting assemblies and parts (including a documented procedure for the process)
- Systems for managing waste generated from parts that are not re-used
Section 4 articulates requirements for transportation.
This section applies to organisations who transport electrical and electronic equipment for recovery and recycling or disposal, and applies whether transportation is intrastate, interstate or for export. This section of the standard requires that organisations consider:
- Ensuring minimal vehicle movements, and that waste is not stockpiled
- Ensuring staff are trained and appropriate equipment is used
- Maintaining documentation where waste is classified as traceable.
Section 5 applies to organisations who process end of life electrical and electronic equipment in order to separate out the components.
This can be either manually, mechanically, metallurgically or chemically; with the result that hazardous substances, preparations and components are an identifiable stream. Table 1 Annex B of the standard provides guidance on processing methods and disposal. Further requirements of this section of the standard include that waste remains traceable, with documentation to the point of final disposal be maintained.
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