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ORAU renews ISO 14001 certification for excellence in environmental management systems

ORAU recycled more than 100,000 pounds of waste last year

April 18, 2011

ORAU CEO Andy Page and ESH staff holding ISO 14001 registered flag

ORAU employees pictured from L to R: Sally Shipley, training and development/occupational health and safety specialist; President and CEO Andy Page; Tom Wantland, environmental hygiene officer; Anthony Crider, safety technician; and Bob Kapolka, environment, safety and health director hold the flag awarded to ORAU to honor their ISO 14001 registration.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.— Oak Ridge Associated Universities has successfully renewed its ISO 14001 certification following a week-long reassessment audit conducted by NSF International Strategic Registrations. ORAU originally received this certification in May 2005 and must pass audits every three years to maintain the designation.

ISO 14001 addresses ORAU’s compliance with and commitment to continuous improvement in its environmental management system, which includes pollution prevention, energy conservation and waste reduction.

“I am extremely proud of the efforts made by ORAU’s Environment, Safety and Health Office to maintain this elite certification, as well as all our employees for continuing to support environmentally friendly practices,” said ORAU President and CEO Andy Page.

The auditor found no areas for corrective action and praised ORAU’s “extensive and effective recycling program.” In 2010, ORAU’s recycled waste totaled 157,014 pounds of aluminum, tin, plastic, paper and e-waste. For comparison, that is enough material to fill almost four standard dump trucks to capacity.

The rigorous audit process addresses the 17 elements* of the ISO 14001 standard, assessing such issues as process effectiveness, internal communication practices and how aware employees are of environmental policies.

“Achieving ISO 14001 certification requires that a company have a culture of environmental responsibility,” explained Tom Wantland, ORAU environmental hygiene officer. “This year we are extremely pleased that the auditor cited no non-conformities or areas for improvement, but we’re still working to enhance our environmental management system.”

*The 17 Elements of the ISO 14001 Standard

  1. Environmental policy
  2. Environmental aspects
  3. Legal and other requirements
  4. Objectives and targets
  5. Environmental management programs
  6. Structure and responsibility
  7. Training, awareness and competence
  8. Communication
  9. Environmental management system documentation
  10. Document control
  11. Operational control
  12. Emergency preparedness and response
  13. Monitoring and measurement
  14. Nonconformance and corrective and preventive action
  15. Records
  16. Environmental management system audit
  17. Management review

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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