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Integrated Management Systems

Overview

  

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

Leadership

Planning

Support

Operation

Performance evaluation

Improvement

Safety and Environment Systems

  

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: 

Policy

Planning

Legal Requirements

Objectives and Targets 

OHS Management Plans

Implementation

Training and Competency

Consultation Communication and reporting

Documentation 

Document and Data Control

Hazard identification, risk assessment and control of risks

Measurement and Evaluation

Audit 

Management Review and Commitment