The ever growing regulatory environment has resulted in organisations needing to deal with management of several compliance frameworks simultaneously. The fulfilment of legal obligations is only one factor that results in organisations finding the need to implement robust management systems. A management system is the framework of processes and procedures used to ensure that an organisation can fulfill all tasks required to achieve its objectives.
Most commonly, these management systems are being developed around the certification requirements of ISO standards such as ISO 9001 Quality Management System, ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, ISO 27001 Information Security Management System and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System.
Provision of quality products and services usually has a direct positive impact on organisational performance. However, other areas of management such as protection of the environment, customer data and promotion of employee’s health and safety may be seen as a burden for some of the stakeholders of an organisation.
The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) surveys of management system standard certifications show a steady increase in the number of organisations and companies obtaining certifications against international standards of management systems. These standards provide a model to follow when setting up and operating a management system, and each of them provides a framework with a focus primarily on achieving specific objectives.
These management standards mentioned, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001 and OHSAS 18001, are intended to be implemented alone. However, each of these standards involves some topics required by the others such as:
- Document management
- Training and awareness
- Internal audits
- Management review
- Corrective action
- Preventive action
The structural similarities between international standards have led to the evolution of integrated management systems. An integrated management system integrates all components of a business, such as quality, environment, security, health and safety, into one coherent system so as to enable the achievement of its objectives and mission.
Benefits of Integrating Management Systems
In addition to quality, environmental and occupational health and safety, an integrated management system of an organisation can include many other different management systems, such as a financial management system, an information security management system, a business continuity management system, a food safety management system or a social responsibility management system.
An integrated management system is an effective organisational approach to simplify the work, to avoid conflicts and to reduce duplication of documentation and effort. Integrating management systems may possibly lead to cost savings and efficient utilisation of resources within an organisation.
There are several good reasons why integration of management systems is beneficial for the organisations. Here you can find only ten of them listed:
- Harmonises and optimises practices
- Eliminates conflicting responsibilities and relationships
- Balances conflicting objectives
- Formalizes informal systems
- Reduces duplication of effort and therefore costs
- Reduces risks and increase profitability
- Turns the focus into overall business goals
- Creates consistency
- Improves internal and external communication
- Facilitates training and awareness
To thrive in a globally competitive environment and to survive in today’s markets, organisations and companies need to look at every aspect of their business processes. While providing a quality product and service, organisations should consider other management areas as well including wellbeing of their employees, their environmental impact, their use of available resources, and so on. Thus, the properly integrated management systems will help organisations remain competitive while coping with many other aspects could be important for the organisational strategy.
Parker Solutions Group is a provider of professional training, consulting and support services across multiple risk disciplines. Among other training courses, it offers ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems) and OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems) training services for those who want to gain a comprehensive knowledge and skills in these areas.
All the above mentioned certificates are ANSI Accredited issued by PECB (Professional Evaluation and Certification Board) a certification body for persons for wide range of professional standards.
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