Separate Quality, Safety and Environmental Management System Versus an Integrated Management System (IMS)

Organisations often implement separate quality, safety and environmental management systems. This is quite common when organisations originally get certified for one management system and then progress to get certified to other management systems. You can continue to manage your quality, safety and environmental management system as separate entities or you can implement an integrated management system.

Quality Management System, Safety Management System, Environmental Management System
There are ten common elements in ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018

  • Scope
  • Normative references
  • Terms and definitions
  • Context of the organisation
  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Support
  • Operation
  • Performance evaluation
  • Improvement.

The major advantage with implementing an integrated management system is outlined below:

  • the quality, safety and environmental management system are integrated into an integrated management system
  • the integrated management system is more streamlined and avoids areas of overlap. The development of the integrated management system will help identify redundant organisational processes and ensure that the management system is run more efficiently and effectively
  • the integrated management system saves money since there is less rework, more concise documents and requires less resources to manage the integrated management system. Certification providers acknowledge the time savings in auditing an integrated management system over three separate systems and
    generally offer significant discounts when certifying an integrated management system
  • Increased competitive advantage since your organisation is seen as being innovative. This helps ensure that processes are effective in meeting customer expectations and providing consistent outputs regularly
  • Greater engagement from staff since the integrated management system is streamlined and easier to follow.

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