If you like to keep an eye on what’s happening in business and industry, you’ll have no doubt been hearing the words, ‘ integrated management system ISO’ a lot lately.
Perhaps you already know all about it – or perhaps you have even implemented one in your organisation, but, if you haven’t, it’s very worth considering.
There are many different International Standards, based on different industries and different elements of DOING business, such as quality assurance, work place health and safety, and the environment.
And integrated management system certification is the process of bringing several of those Standards together in one management system, for increased efficiency and impact.
Makes perfect sense really, doesn’t it? It’s logical, effective and, for the most part, straightforward to implement – with the expert help and knowledge of an integrated management services organisation.
Of course, the most obvious benefit of an integrated management system is the fact that you only have ONE system to worry about! And, like any piece of well-oiled machinery, it will keep everything running smoothly, leaving more time to concentrate on the bigger picture.
Within that one system, you consider the organisation’s strengths, weaknesses and, of course, risks, and manage them together for the best overall result.
And by looking at it all as a whole, you are avoiding duplication of time and paperwork.
Another key advantage to an integrated management system ISO is reduced auditing, which again means less paperwork, less duplication and less disruption to your organisation.
Because there is a common structure across the Standards, it means the organisation will focus more fully on key issues, such as leadership, planning, improvement and evaluation.
Why is now a good time to consider an integrated management system? Because the use of International Standards and regulative legislation will increase – that’s a given. So the time will come when it will practically become mandatory to have such a system.
Of course, a lot depends on what industry you’re in, who you trade with, and who you would like to trade with.
For example, if your organisation is connected to the food, health or education industries, this would be particularly worthwhile. And probably even more so in you’re in the automotive industry, engineering and construction, pharmaceuticals, mining, and so on.
The greater the risks in your industry, the greater the need to consider an integrated management system, as you’re likely to be dealing with workplace health and safety, the environment and quality at the very least.
It might be the best thing you ever do for your business!