Integrated Management System
Why IMS Required
An Integrated Management System (IMS) integrates all of an organization's systems and processes in to one complete framework, enabling an organization to work as a single unit with unified objectives. Organizations often focus on management systems individually, often in silos and sometimes even in conflict. A quality team is concerned with the QMS, often an EHS manager handles both Environmental and Health and Safety issues, etc.
The benefits of an effective management system to an organization include
1 An Integrated Management System can benefit your organization through increased efficiency and effectiveness, and cost reductions while minimizing the disruption caused by several external audits. It also shows your commitment to increased performance, employee and customer satisfaction, and continuous improvement.
2 With an integrated management system, you work together, with each function aligned behind a single goal: improving the performance of the entire organization. Instead of silos, you have a coordinated effort which is greater than the sum of its parts and is not only more efficient but more effective. An integrated system provides a clear, uniform image of your entire organization, how they impact each other, and the associated risks. Efficiency is gained from less duplication, and it becomes easier to adopt new systems in future.
3 An IMS allows your management team to create one system that can help to effectively and efficiently deliver your organization's objectives. From managing employees' needs, to monitoring risks and hazards, from reducing inefficiencies and maximizing resources, an integrated approach can help you achieve your objectives.
Integrated Management Systems Includes
QMS – Quality Management System
A quality management system (QMS) is a set of policies, processes and procedures required for planning and execution (production/development/service) in the core business area of an organization. (i.e. areas that can impact the organization's ability to meet customer requirements.) ISO 9001:2015 is an example of a Quality Management System.
EMS – Environmental Management System
An Environmental Management System (EMS) determines and continuously improves an organizations' environmental position and performance.
SMS – Safety Management System
An OHSMS determines and continually improves an organizations Health and Safety position and performance. It follows an outline and is managed like any other facet of a business, such as with marketing or engineering functions.
EnMS – Energy Management System
An EnMS determines and continually improves and organizations' energy usage and impact.
FSMS – Food Safety Management System
A Food Safety Management System confirms that corporations in the food industy follow certain procedures and guidelines to ensure their products for customer safety.
ISMS – Information Security Management System
An Information Security Management System determines how your organization should organize and manage its information security.