What is an Integrated Management System?
By far the most common combination of standards required for larger government and corporate contracts is ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environment Management) and either AS 4801 or OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management). While each of the three systems can exist as a stand-alone entity, there are many common elements that can make integration into, for example, an Integrated Management System a desirable and cost-effective alternative.
- What are the benefits of an Integrated Management System?The cost of implementing 2 or more systems together at the one time (into a 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, the cost and time commitment of maintaining and reviewing these once they have been implemented can be a significant drain in resources. Integrating separate systems can save a lot of time and duplicated effort and therefore money.
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. The same can be said for system audits and the other processes outlined
Using an integrated management system approach will result in removing any duplication that may exist with procedures, policies, records, etc.
The streamlining of processes and procedures will simplify the way the business operates and thus 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 (i.e. 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.
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Along with development, we at ICS can provide comprehensive integrated management system development, maintenance and assist you to get certification for your business, ensuring that your business can grow and achieve its goals. With more than 10 years in the industry, our ISO consultants understand how to tailor your management system to your specific needs, helping you to streamline its path to success.
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