Integrated Management System - IMS
Avoid redundancy and duplication of effort. Combine your ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 27001, ISO 22000 and more into one Integrated Management System (IMS).
What is an Integrated Management System?
An integrated management system is a management system that integrates all of an organization's systems and processes in to one complete framework, enabling an organization to work as a single unit with unified objectives.
With an integrated system, your organization becomes a unified whole, with each function aligned behind a single goal: improving the performance of the entire organization. Instead of "silos", you have a genuinely co-ordinated system: one that's greater than the sum of its parts, and can achieve more than ever before. An integrated system provides a clear, holistic picture of all aspects of your organization, how they affect each other, and their associated risks. There is less duplication, and it becomes easier to adopt new systems in future.
An integrated management system allows a management team to create one structure that can help to effectively and efficiently deliver an organization's objectives. From managing employees' needs, to monitoring competitors' activities, from encouraging best practice to minimizing risks and maximizing resources, an integrated approach can help an organization achieve their objectives.
Integrated Management System certification Benefits
Reduced costs increase profit margins
Facilitates injured employees to return to work
Reduces incident frequency and severity rates or lost time
Reduces damage to equipment, inventory or product loss, and
generation of hazardous waste
Increases companies’ regulatory compliance
Integrates process quality and safety
Improves employee and public relations
Better financial performance and optimized cost
What types of systems can be integrated?
All systems relevant to the business, whether certifiable or otherwise, can be included. These could include: Quality (ISO 9001); Environment (ISO 14001); Occupational Health & Safety (OHSAS 18001 & BS 8800); Food Safety & Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP); Ethical Trading Practices (SA 8000); Social & Ethical Accounting, Auditing and Reporting (AA 1000); Investor in People (IIP); Law Society Practice Management Standard (LEXCEL), European Directives and CE Markings; Information Security (BS 7799); Quality System Requirements for Automotive Industry Suppliers (ISO/TS 16949 & QS 9000); Quality System Requirements for Telecommunications Industry Suppliers (TL 9000); and Business Excellence Model (BEM).
Why should management systems be integrated?
Integration is designed to:
Ensure focus on business goals & objectives
Harmonise and optimise practices
Reduce risks to the business and increase profitability
Balance conflicting objectives
Eliminate conflicting responsibilities and relationships
Reduce duplication and therefore costs
Facilitate training and development