These are not separate systems joined together, rather they are an integrated management system with linkages so that similar processes are seamlessly managed and executed without duplication. IMS components common to all the systems include the resources (people, facilities & equipment, etc.) and processes (documented in the QMS/EMS/OHSMS and applied throughout the organization).
We offer six versions of the Documentation Package to simplify the process for organizations that already have other management systems (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, etc.) in place or want to deal with more than one standard at a time. We also offer a completely integrated manual.
Learn more about which version is best for you.
Advantages of an Integrated Management Systems
As you decide which one is right for you, we recommend that you understand how your organization operates. An IMS can introduce complexity which should be justified, but integrated management systems are becoming more common.
The three management systems share many common requirements and the continual improvement goal. They differ in their approach and degree of prescription, but the ISO 9001, the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards are compatible in content, terminology & many of the requirements as tabled below:
|Common Requirement||ISO 9001 Clause||ISO 14001 Clause||OHSAS 18001 Clause|
|Control of records||4.2.4||4.5.4||4.5.4|
|Responsibility and authority||5.5.1||4.4.1||4.4.1|
|Training, competency and awareness||6.2.2||4.4.2||4.4.2|
|Design and development||7.3||4.4.6||4.4.6|
|Purchasing and outsourcing||7.4||4.4.6||4.4.6|
|Control of measuring equipment||7.6||4.5.1||4.5.1|
|Operational controls - depending on the nature of your business||---||4.4.6||4.4.6|
|Special process validation||7.5.3||4.4.6||4.4.6|
If your organization wants to have one comprehensive management systems covering Health and Safety, Environmental, and Quality there are many common requirements which do not need to be repeated.
It is often more efficient to combine the three systems (QMS, EMS and OHSMS) into one and sharing the common clauses and procedures. We have considered this when creating packages to simplify the implementation for an organization.
Rather than have parallel (duplicate) Manuals and other documentation we note where the user can just add OHSMS and EMS requirements to the common QMS Manual, procedures and instructions.
Contrary to many other types of standards, management system standards cover multiple aspects, levels and functions of an organization and, therefore, their implementation can have a substantial impact on how an organization operates and manages its business processes. In addition, more and more organizations are applying not only one, but a range of management system standards to satisfy their own needs as well as those of external stakeholders.
The book acknowledges that there is a market need for separate management system standards addressing different aspects, issues or risks that organizations need to manage. It provides guidance on how organizations can apply the different standards in a combined way, integrated with their business processes.