Many Businesses struggle to see the value in a third party certified management system it is generally a contractual requirement or supplier request that gets organisations asking... What can a certified management system do for me?
Typically these systems are made up of Quality, Safety or Environmental Management System through a set of defined policies, processes and procedures required for planning, operation and review of any core business functions within the organisation. (i.e. areas that can impact the businesses ability to meet customer requirements.)
Some people generically refer to the group of documents as a IMS - Integrated management System , but specifically it refers to the entire system - the documents just describe it.
A documented management system integrates the various internal processes within the organisation and intends to provide a process approach for project, process or service execution. A Process Based IMS enables the organisations to identify, measure, control and improve the various core business processes that will ultimately lead to improved business performance.
A complete certified system such as the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System must address all the requirements of risk management, and more specifically must drive improvements.
These elements include:
Scope of the Management System
Context of the Organisation
For any Workplace Health and Safety Management or Environmental Management System to be effective it must first be developed in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental / WHS legislation and in addition there will be further consideration to any relevant Standards to ensure a best practice framework to manage risk and drive improvement.
You must develop the Safety Management System “Framework” documentation with the supporting forms, and tools.
With the implementation of a Safety Management System you must have documented procedures that enable all employees to clearly understand the policies and strategic objectives and targets set by the organisation. With each of the program elements there must be an emphasis on management review and assessment to measure the systems effectiveness.
These elements are:
Objectives and Targets
OHS Management Plans
Training and Competency
Consultation Communication and reporting
Document and Data Control
Hazard identification, risk assessment and control of risks
Measurement and Evaluation
Management Review and Commitment