IMS

Integrated Management Systems

HSEQ System Compliance to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & AS/NZS 4801

Summary

There has been increasing interest in recent years in the development of “integrated” management systems, combining into a single system areas such as quality, environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) management, which may traditionally have each been the subject of a separate set of management arrangements and procedures.

ISO 9001 - Quality

Certification of your quality management system demonstrates commitment to consistency, continual improvement and customer satisfaction. These are tangible business benefits that play an important part in building sustainable business performance. The ISO 9001 standard provides specific requirements for a quality management system that will enhance your ability to consistently deliver products and services that meet customer - as well as statutory and regulatory requirements.

ISO 14001 - Environment

ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system. It does not state requirements for environmental performance, but maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It can be used by any organization regardless of its activity or sector.

AS/NZS 4801 - Safety

Health and safety in the workplace is a key issue for every organisation. An Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) can help you protect yourself and your employees – this is a framework that will allow you to identify and control your health and safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents and ensure you are complying with relevant Health & Safety legislation.

Integration

There are common elements across quality, environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) management systems that can be grouped together to create a full business management system. For the workforce this approach offers the advantage of a single set of procedural documentation or process maps combining Quality, Environmental and OHS aspects of their tasks; at management level it provides the opportunity to integrate management processes such as target setting and system review, and to more effectively address the interrelation between the various disciplines.

Certification

Certification enables your management system to be recognised globally. Demonstrate your compliance and commitment to industry-respected practices and legislation; stay competitive; and open up new business opportunities. Many of Australia's largest industries require certification to one or all three standards to pre-qualify as a supplier or subcontractor.

Implementation

The process for implementing an integrated management system is actually quite straight forward:

  1. Map the business processes
  2. Document system procedures/forms
  3. Internal Audit & Review
  4. Improvement Actions
  5. 3rd Party Certification Audit

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