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Wayne Junction Complex Achieves Environmental Milestone

Heather Redfern
Public Information Manager

SEPTA's Wayne Junction Complex recently obtained the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) globally recognized 14001:2004 standard for environmental management. ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted Environmental Management System that allows companies to reduce waste, costs and environmental impact without sacrificing service and performance. Wayne Junction Complex is SEPTA's second facility to achieve ISO 14001 status: the Authority's Berridge Shop received its initial ISO 14001 certification in 2013 and was recertified in 2016.

"Fewer than 10 transit agencies have achieved the ISO certification," said SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel. "The fact that SEPTA has two facilities, and that the facilities are older, which takes even more effort to obtain and maintain the ISO certification, is a huge accomplishment. All of this is a result of the hard work of our employees."

SEPTA's ISO efforts are overseen by its System Safety Division's Environmental and Sustainability Management System (ESMS) program, which helps to ensure that the organization meets all of its environmental obligations while improving institutional efficiency. "In 2011, we established the ESMS program, with the goal of having two shops with ISO certification by 2020. With our Vehicle Engineering & Maintenance and Engineering Maintenance & Construction Divisions working along with System Safety, we were able to meet our goal a year early," said SEPTA Assistant General Manager of System Safety Jim Fox.

The Wayne Junction Complex, which houses Regional Rail Vehicle Maintenance, Power, Track, Communication & Signals, Procurement and Technical Training functions, was selected to participate in the ISO program because of its size and the variety of work conducted at the location. A team comprised of Wayne Junction Complex management and members of SEPTA's System Safety Division and Office of Innovation identified the facility's significant environmental impacts and how to make improvements. Since the ESMS efforts began at Wayne Junction Complex in 2014, there has been a 34 percent reduction in water usage; improved waste management and storage of hazardous materials and industrial waste; and a reduction in air emissions and lower operating costs thanks to replacing boilers and changing from heating oil to natural gas.

"Education has been a key factor in achieving the ISO certification at Wayne Junction Complex," said Fox. "We've improved the environmental training for employees, including spill response, ESMS awareness and recycling. We also conduct regular audits to measure our performance. Now that we have the initial certification, our goal is to maintain that designation, which will happen with continued education, improvements and enhancements."

"While the ISO certification is a milestone for SEPTA, its impact benefits our customers, our employees and our region," added Knueppel. "The improvements we have made are environmentally and financially responsible."

SEPTA recently celebrated Wayne Junction Complex receiving its ISO 14001 certification- the Authority's second shop with such a distinction.

General Manager Jeffrey Knueppel congratulated Wayne Junction Complex staff on their accomplishments.

Wayne Junction Complex staff perform Regional Rail Vehicle Maintenance, Power, Track, Communication & Signals, Procurement and Technical Training functions.