Integrated Management System Development, Maintenance and Certification
What is an Integrated Management System?
While each of the three systems ( Quality Management (ISO 9001), Environment Management (ISO 14001) and Occupational Health and Safety Management (OHSAS 18001) can exist as a stand-alone entity, there are many common elements that can make integration into, for example, an Integrated Management System a feasible and cost-effective alternative.
What are the benefits of an Integrated Management System?
If you are considering implementing 2 or more compliance systems now or in the future, you may be interested to know that, for example, the cost of implementing 3 systems together at the one time (into and HSEQ system for example) can be as much as 33-50% cheaper than if you implemented the same systems separately.
If you currently have 2 or more separate compliance systems, you will know that the cost and time commitment of maintaining and reviewing these once they have been implemented can be a significant drain in resources..
As a result, more and more businesses today are considering adopting an integrated management system approach as an alternative to utilizing parallel systems
Reducing Documentation: An Integrated Management System Manual and other solutions
The practice of integrating different management systems provides tangible business benefits – especially in the areas of an Integrated Management System Manual instead of three separate manuals. For example, a single document control system is able to meet the needs of the three systems mentioned above. In the same way, Management review can be designed to address all three standards. Likewise for System audit and the other processes outlined.
Utilizing an integrated management system approach will result in removing any duplication that may exist with procedures, policies, records, etc.
Streamlining of processes and procedures will simplify the way the business operates and will improve communication by providing focus.
Additionally, adopting an integrated management system approach facilitates a holistic philosophy to business planning and review. For example, in the process of setting business objectives and targets all three dimensions (ie. Quality, Environment and OH&S) are considered. Again, during the review phase all three dimensions are addressed.
So, if your business is / or is considering maintaining multiple systems to manage its quality, environment and OH&S, consideration should be given to integrating your systems into one. It can provide clarity, focus and reduce costs.