10 Feb Integrated Management System Implementation – what it means to have more than ISO accreditation
Over the last few years, the number of management systems has greatly increased to reflect the demands of more organisations looking to improve their performance. Many companies are looking for ways to improve in different areas and therefore many companies have more than one ISO management system. If each management system is created and managed in silo to one another there will be a lot of repetitive documentation and work. This is an inefficient way of managing performance, the whole purpose of having the systems in the first place.
By implementing multiple management systems, it makes sense to set them up of transition them into one integrated management systems with branches off into the specialist relevant individual areas. For example, your integrated management system will cover the core of the business with arms out for quality, environment and health & safety if you go for 9001, 14001 and 45001.
Having one integrated system audits can be simplified, systems and processes can be clearly aligned to objectives and time will be saved significantly
Integrating multiple standards can help improve many aspects of your organisation from quality to energy, environmental performance or occupational health and safety. The journey for continual improvement and sustained practices has promoted organisations to seek certification to ISO standards.
Today, ISO 9001 Quality Management System, ISO 50001 Energy Management System and ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System are some of the most popular management systems, and many organizations are interested in integrating multiple standards at a time.
Having just supported an organisation through individual ISO 9001 and 27001 audits from a system they set up prior to us joining them, we have agreed that our first objective for this year is to help them streamline the two systems into one integrated system to make future audits, processes and documentation much easier to monitor, manage and control in order to demonstrate compliance.