Integrated Management Systems
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Integrated Management Systems (IMS) Explained
First of all, what are integrated management systems?
An integrated management system (‘IMS’) is a system that integrates all of a business’ policies, processes and procedures into one unified management framework.
A lot of organizations do not have an IMS and instead 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 will be better positioned to optimize 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 commonly include an organization’s:
- Compliance Management System;
- Quality Management System;
- Environmental Management System;
- Occupational Health and Safety Management System;
- Energy Management System;
- Food Safety Management System; and,
- Information Security Management System.
Additional things that could be integrated are:
- Asset Management;
- Information and Documentation;
- Product Life-cycle Management;
- Data Management;
- Supply Chain Management; and,
- Risk Management and Business Continuity Planning
IMS and ISO
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental organization representing the National Standard Institutes of over 150 countries that 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. Hence, in order to avoid a lack of consistency, it makes sense to have an integrated management system that incorporates all of your various management systems into one unified framework.
Annex SL, Other Resources & Download Our FREE IMS Manual
Annex SL is the standard that defines the new high-level structure that is required for all ISO management system standards. It replaces the ISO Guide 83 and expands on the structure that was already established.
Annex SL makes the integration of management systems easier by introducing identical core text and common terms and conditions across all ISO management standards.
The Annex SL standard outlines a template for which all ISO management systems are to be built in the future. This template consists of 10 sections to categorize all of the content within a management system standard.
The ISO 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.
QSM Group also have a free integrated management system manual which is available for you to use.
Developing An IMS & IMS Software Solutions
QSM Group are experts at helping organizations with their QHSE and Compliance Management. Our consultants are highly experienced in implementing integrated management systems into a business.
Mango Live is one of our business partners, it is an all in one integrated management software solution. We have partnered with Mango to offer our clients the most affordable and user friendly software currently available. Click here to learn more about Mango Software.
Contact us today to see how we can help your organization implement an effective integrated management system solution.
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