Integrated Management Systems Explained
An integrated management system (IMS) is a system that integrates all of a business’ policies, processes and procedures into one unified management framework.
A good IMS will help enable a business to:
- Optimise management processes and operations;
- Optimise use of its resources and reduce costs;
- Streamline its processes and procedures;
- Increase efficiency and avoid duplication;
- Minimise the disruption caused by external audits; and,
- Focus on providing good business outcomes.
A lot of organisations don’t have an IMS, they operate with separate teams using different systems to manage their respective areas. This structure is usually fragmented and detached, leading to issues in communication, a lack of common purpose to achieve a shared goal and duplication of effort.
On the other hand, a business with teams sharing one integrated management system, using the same documents and following unified processes is better positioned to optimise their operations and make the most effective use of their time and resources.
What can an Integrated Management System include?
An IMS can involve a number of different management systems rolled into one easy to follow, unified system.
An IMS will integrate several management systems into one and can include an organisations:
- Compliance Management System;
- Quality Management System;
- Environmental Management System;
- Safety Management System;
- Energy Management System;
- Food Safety Management System;
- Information Security Management System;
- Asset Management;
- Information and Documentation;
- Product Life-cycle Management;
- Data Management;
- Supply Chain Management; and,
- Risk Management and Business Continuity Planning.
Consolidating management systems into an IMS can improve performance, establish consistency and accountability, reduce costs and maintenance, optimise processes and resources, integrate audits and facilitate decision making.
Integrated Management Systems and ISO
ISO (International Organisation for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental organisation representing the National Standard Institutes of over 150 countries who develop and publish international standards in response to the needs of the international market and global expert opinions.
The ISO has acknowledged that the number of management systems has risen dramatically in recent years and that most companies have more than one. They have published a useful guide to integrating management system standards, whether they be from ISO or not.
If you would like to purchase a copy of this publication you can do so from the ISO website here.
How To Implement An Integrated Management System Into Your Business?
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