EPC, Inc.’s Certifications at a Glance


EPC, Inc. is honored to be recognized by a variety of organizations around the world as a leader in the Asset Recovery Services profession. Read on below to learn more about EPC’s many certifications and please do contact is with your questions. We’d be happy to assist you in understanding just how valuable these certifications are and how they help to protect you.

ISO 14001

Sponsored by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO14001:2004 provides a framework for identifying and tracking regulatory compliance issues related to doing business. It starts with the establishment of an Environmental Policy which declares the organization’s stand on pollution. Environmental aspects (hazards) and impacts (risks) are then identified. Policies are written to support a system which manages and mitigates these hazards and risks on an ongoing basis. A well designed environmental management system (EMS) is a tool enabling EPC to systematically control its environmental performance.

What this means to you:

By way of its EMS, EPC…
• Controls the safe reuse and recycling of electronic equipment and components.
• Reduces pollution and risk to the environment and public health.
• Demonstrates compliance with both domestic and international laws.

e-Stewards

Developed by the Basel Action Network (BAN) in response to the export of toxic e-waste, the e-Stewards standard was designed to enable organizations who dispose of end-of-life electronic equipment to easily identify recyclers who adhere to the highest standard of environmental responsibility and worker protection. E-Stewards takes the ISO 14001 standard and adds emphases to the following:
• Health and safety
• Reuse and refurbishment of electronic equipment
• Data security
• Management of e-waste
• Material recovery
• Exportation of e-waste
• Site closure
• Insurance
• Mass balance calculation

What this means to you:

By being e-Stewards certified, EPC is committed to preventing the flow of hazardous waste from rich countries to less developed nations. Additionally, EPC strives to…
• Facilitate due diligence for end-of-life (EOL) electronics
• Ensure proper downstream management of the recycling chain
• Help reduce recycler’s insurance costs and minimize liability

NAID
The National Association of Information Destruction is an international trade association for companies providing information destruction services. NAID’s mission is to promote the information destruction industry and the standards and ethics of its member organizations. NAID grants certification to vendors who apply for and pass rigorous third party audits based on its security and administrative standards.

What this means to you:

Clients can rest easy entrusting EPC with their data-sensitive materials.
NAID certification requires that we…

• Follow security and operations policies at all times.
• Restrict access to all facilities at all times.
• Not employ persons with related criminal histories.
• Retain CCTV image capture for 90 days
• Maintain a thorough, documented chain of custody for all sensitive materials.

Summary

For organizations involved in the recycling of electronics, attaining any of these certifications demonstrates a commitment to manufacturers and consumers alike that they are willing to employ practices to reduce the potential environmental impact associated with electronics disposal. That EPC has attained all four is testimony to its commitment to these guidelines and practices.

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