WHAT IS AN INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEM?
A management system that integrates all of organization system’s and processes into one single framework, enabling an organization to work as a single system with unified objectives.
Often organization focuses on management system individually often in silos and sometimes in conflict. For instance, organization with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 management system, a quality team is concerned with ISO 9001 while EHS team is concerned with both environmental and health and safety issues. This results in different focus, separate objectives, multiple processes. At times this can be a challenge.
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Implementing integrated management system approach can help address various issues and obtain several benefits.
BENEFITS OF AN INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEM:
- Prevents duplication of effort
- Efficient use of senior management time
- Uses resources to implement and manage systems more efficiently
- Reduces audit fatigue
- Enables a united management approach
- Cost saving benefits
- Continual improvement
With several ISO standards framework adopting to Annexure SL, the flexibility to integrate multiple standard simplifies the process.
The foundation of Annexure SL or High-level structure framework is based on following concept:
- PLAN-DO-CHECK-ACT model
- Process approach
- Risk-based thinking throughout the PDCA model
The outcome of integrating management system with Annexure-SL framework leads to continual improvement which is the goal of every organization. Governance and assurance are key factors when integrating multiple standard. ISO framework ensures the management system belongs to the top management and leadership – not just the middle management. This helps in making strategic decision resulting in increased business opportunities.
KEY STEPS IN IMPLEMENTING IMTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEM:
The key element in planning and developing an integrated management system include identifying risks and opportunities that could affect the organization, including its business and quality risks, in addition to those relating to health and safety and environmental obligations and other areas. Some elements may integrate more easily than others, and as such, systems may end up being fully integrated or partially integrated.
An effective implementation follows the 12-step approach:
- Gap analysis,
- Establishing project plan with responsibilities and schedule.
- Defining context, scope, policy,
- Identifying risks and opportunities and actions to mitigate the identified risks.
- Determining IMS objectives,
- Identifying roles, responsibilities and authorities to achieve the objectives
- Establishing documented information – policies, procedures, forms
- Operation planning and control criteria,
- Retaining records as evidence of conformance.
- Internal audits,
- Management review meetings.
- Continual improvement plans
Implementing an IMS can bring many advantages, not just in terms of reducing process duplication and efficiency, but in managing risk and providing more focused leadership involvement.
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