The increase in need to implement various Management Systems that are emerging as best practice documents, at the same time there is also increasingly concern on how to implement each one of those that are relevant. Besides, traditionally organizations of all kinds have adopted different management systems (i.e. QMS: ISO 9001, EMS: ISO 14001, OHSMS: OHSAS 18001, SA 8000, ISO 22000 and ISO/IEC 27001) at a different period of the times in succession based on ISO versions of management systems.
Accordingly there is also a great movement in institutionalizing a structured, systematic and documented management systems approach to achieve the identified objectives that are crucial to the business. Hence the approach is to integrate the Management Systems.
Everyone today needs to be able to monitor their business closely; this is applicable in every form of business. Unless there is a close watch, quality can never be ensured. Having multiple quality management systems are a must but having an integrated management system helps drastically too. With such a certification in place, you would be assured of a good growth pattern.
Monitoring your business and ensuring quality return is no easy task. Making sure all your quality standards are in place and working in tandem to make sure there is no dip in performance is a time consuming task. There are many hurdles in the way and you would never be able to get the right information about the statuses. So what is the best way to solve this situation? The company must have a quality management system within their organization to help you monitor and understand how the company is functioning. A system that would fill this void is called an integrated management system.
What is integrated management system?
It is a quality system that improves the process and service quality in your company and thus leads to increased efficiency within the system. How is this achieved? Quite simply, it is achieved purely with reduction in wastages and by better usage of resources and streamlining the current practices in the company.
There are many companies that implement an IMS certification, but do not take in all the advantages they have. Because of the years of experience we have in the industry, IRQS understands the value of such practices and ensure that timely audits are carried out to keep the efficiency levels at its peak in your company. This will make sure that your employees are more motivated to work and want to achieve more within the system.
The biggest advantage of having such a system in place is that you would be able to understand the lacks and strengths of your company at all times. Every time you see a variation in the thorough-output, you would know the reasons for the variation and what needs to be changed. In simple terms, you would be able to shift the focus of different divisions in the company towards a single goal with an integrated management system.
If there was one wish every employer had, it would be to monitor the activities in his organization at all points of time. Yes, it can be done with strict presence and careful monitoring, but this is not the case with medium or large sized businesses, it becomes quite a daunting task to monitor all the functions of a company. There are so many different views to keep a constant check of that it becomes difficult to even know what part of your organization is working at its optimum potential and which is lagging behind. But if you implement an integrated management system in your company, you can at all points of time know what division is functioning in the proper manner and which is not.
IRQS has done many installations in the past and our past client experiences exhibit many benefits of integrated management system. With an IMS certification in place, you would be able to take efficiency notes of all the different management systems in your organization and have them focused towards a single goal. This would mean all ends of your business are focused at one output and one parameter only.
Benefits of integrated management system
IMS concept aims to have as common management system requirements and is intended to be used as a framework for implementing two or more management system standards in an integrated way. It draws together the common requirements in management system standards.
Integrated certification results in decreased disruption to your business, eliminating duplication of audit activity and fewer audits thus resulting in (REDUCTION in TIME, Implementation Time, Audit Time, COST – Certification fees & Audit Frequency).
More Specific Benefits
The Certification Procedure is a multiple-step process. The certification cycle is described briefly:
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