Integrated Management Systems

Integrated Management Systems

Implementing multiple management systems separately will increase the time and resources needed for maintenance. This includes performing the same activity more than once, such as internal audit or management review, not to mention the proliferation of documentation to support the management systems.

 

In some cases, each standard is implemented by different people, so the systems may follow different logic or have different structures. Also, the documents and processes that are common for the standards can be established differently, thus bringing added confusion to an already complex system. Having separate management systems in the company can easily be turned into an organisational nightmare, and instead of benefiting the business, they become a burden that everyone tries to avoid.

On the other hand, having one Integrated Management System that meets the requirements of all the standards facilitates an easier maintenance and coordination of activities. There is a great similarity between the requirements of each standard, especially now that they are all aligned with Annex SL. One of the objectives in the revision of the standards was to facilitate their integration, and that is the reason why the common requirements of all the standards have the same clause numbers.

We can assist with the following activities:

  • Carry out a gap analysis
  • Define the scope of the integrated management system
  • Identify all of the common requirements from each standard
  • Draft IMS policy
  • Develop objectives for improvement
  • Identify context of the organisation
  • Understand the needs and expectations of interested parties
  • Develop leadership and commitment
  • Document risks and opportunities
  • Prepare environmental aspects and OH&S hazards
  • Interpret compliance obligations
  • Integrate operational planning and control
  • Document information
  • Manage resources
  • Identify competence, awareness and communication processes
  • Prepare emergency plan
  • Undertake monitoring, measurement, analysis & evaluation
  • Carry out internal audits
  • Ensure improvement
  • Conduct management review

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