Integrated Management System (IMS) Consulting Specialists
At Integrated Compliance Solutions, we are specialists in Integrated Management System development, maintenance and certification for established businesses throughout Australia.
We help mature businesses develop effective compliance systems and solutions whether by helping you achieve ISO certification for the first time or integrate new standards into your existing ISO systems; projects that can often prove time consuming and overwhelming.
Because our IMS Consultants understand how to simplify and integrate complex systems, you can relax and refocus on growing your business.
When you work with us, our team of experts will assist improve your business and save you money, by:
- Integrating all your ISO standards (where possible) to create seamless systems for success;
- Minimising change by customising your business’ solution to your unique needs and culture;
- Creating user-friendly tools that are easy to maintain and change, as your needs do;
- Saving time and resources by limiting duplication of documentation.
The following are important questions to consider when evaluating whether your business would benefit from implementing an Integrated Management System and using our IMS Consultant services.
What is an Integrated Management System?
An Integrated Management System is one single, unified system that includes all of an organisation’s systems and processes. By making this into one comprehensive framework, (without duplication and excessive documentation), systems can more clearly and effectively support the business goals and objectives.
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 ISO 45001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management) and more recently ISO 27001 (Information security). While each of these systems can exist as a stand-alone entity, there are many common elements that can make an Integrated Management System a desirable and much more cost-effective alternative.
What Are The Benefits Of Developing An Integrated Management System?
The cost of implementing two 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 two 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 on resources. Integrating and linking separate systems together 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 ISO management systems provides tangible business benefits – especially in the areas of documentation such as manuals/ objectives/ risks etc . A single manual to cover all standards is a no-brainer.
Similarly management review can easily be 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 as can Issue management. 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 and linking 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 considering maintaining multiple systems to manage quality, environment and OH&S, you may benefit from integrating these systems into one. It can provide clarity, focus and reduce costs.
Should Your Business Consider Using IMS Consulting Services?
It is entirely possible to create your own Integrated Management System, however this is a big task for any business. We would recommend that you analyse the cost and time effectiveness of creating this system and evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of each option. If you decide that you don’t have the time or resources at your disposal, IMS Consultants can help your business set up an Integrated Management System that is suitable to meet ISO and regulatory compliance requirements in the space of 3-4 months.
Integrated Compliance Solutions offers IMS Consulting services Nationwide, and we can get started on your project within 1-2 weeks. If you need help or just some free advice, give us a call on 1300 132 745.
Our IMS Consultants in all states can help your business develop a lean, practical Integrated Management System perfectly suited to your business.