Integrated management system (IMS) refers to the outcome of the process of integrating requirements from multiple management system standards into a singular management system within an organization, enabling the organization to work as a single unit with unified objectives.
In today's competitive business environment, streamlining operations is essential to keeping overhead costs low. Key principles of lean management include eliminating redundancies and consolidating systems. Implementing an integrated management system provides a framework for doing just this. When organizations integrate their management systems, they reduce duplication and improve efficiency.
ISO has published a handbook for Integrated use of management systems standards (IUMSS) Handbook for organizations of any sector or industry and size seeking guidance on how to integrate requirements of multiple Management System Standards (MSS) into their management systems, both effectively and efficiently.
Integration was more difficult prior to the harmonization of the ISO Standards, but with High level structure (HLS) which has been introduced in the new ISO management system standards such as ISO9001:2015, ISO14001:2015 and ISO45001:2018; HLS was designed to better facilitate the use of integrated management systems, encourage standardization and transform existing management systems into an integrated model.
The integrated management systems model for Quality, Environmental, and Safety management systems is the most common and widely recognized to achieve greater benefits than running separate management systems in parallel.
Quality, Environmental, and Safety management systems have many common points that can be integrated towards the goal of making the organizations more effective and efficient.
In integrated management systems (IMS), the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Successfully integrating your management systems can have a number of very tangible benefits such as:
Turns the focus into overall business goals
leverage use of resources
Reduces risks and increase profitability
Eliminate conflicts and provide more confidence
Avoiding duplication efforts and therefore costs.
Save management time
Reduce certification and auditing costs
Improve consistency and compliance
Increase effectiveness of performance evaluation and analysis
In addition to quality, environmental and occupational health and safety, an integrated management system of an organisation can include many other different management systems, such as information security management system, business continuity management system, food safety management system or social responsibility management system.
Integrated management system is an effective organisational approach to simplify the work, to avoid conflicts and to reduce duplication of documentation and effort. Integrating management systems may possibly lead to cost savings and efficient utilisation of resources within an organisation.
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