You most certainly can take the DIY route if you choose to do so. It is perfectly possible and in some cases more desirable, to set up your own business management system should you have the right criteria in place. If you are looking to DIY, then you should seek professional advice at the start by way of a gap assessment to ensure you are on the right track. We also recommend that you have someone do a health check of your completed system before attempting the pre-certification audit.
Why can’t I do it myself (DIY)?
You can! It is perfectly possible and often desirable to set up your own business management system or quality system.
The main point here is to know whether or not setting up the system yourself is the best idea for your circumstances.
If you have the following criteria in place, then it might just be a possibility.
An experienced person internally who has set up an ISO system before and can be removed from their role for up to half a day per week, without significantly affecting the productivity of the business.
Alternatively, if the business owner is sufficiently interested in learning about the ISO system – whether it be quality, environmental, or OHS – and has the time outside their regular business hours to pursue their interest (or do a course), then this is also a viable possibility.
There is no urgent requirement to reach certification in a short timeframe; a DIY effort can take between 6 and 12 months to complete.
Your business does not regularly undergo dramatic and long-term peaks of work which necessitate all hands on deck for weeks at a time that may result in complete loss of momentum for the ISO management system project.
If you are going to DIY, I would strongly suggest that unless you are an experienced ISO system developer, then you should look to seek professional advice at the start to ensure you are on the right track.
For example, you could get a consultant to do a brief gap assessment of your current system and to provide guidelines as to what needs to be done to reach compliance. This is a small investment of funds which will give you the reassurance that you are not missing any crucial elements or understanding. ICS has three levels of gap assessment from the mini gap assessment through to the detailed gap assessment with step by step action plans.
It is also advisable to connect with a trusted person or organisation that you can call or email if you get stuck, need resources or require assistance. ICS, for example, provides free phone and email support to all consulting clients as well as adhoc paid consulting by phone and email for DIY clients.
Lastly, it is always advisable to have someone do a health check of your completed system before attempting the pre-certification audit. The reason for this is that if you do not pass the precertification audit the first time, you need to do it again. Each time you do it, you incur considerable expense, therefore it is better to pay less money and have your system fully checked – perhaps by way of some internal audits or a compliance assessment done by a consultant. That way you can be sure you are ready for the pre-certification audit before you go ahead and do your final certification audit and get your certification.
ICS is here to help you if you wish to DIY your ISO system. Feel free to give us a call on 1300 132 745 or contact us at our website for a free, no obligation chat about how you can save time and money doing your own ISO business system.