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An Integrated Management System (IMS) combines all related components of a business into one system for easier management and operations.
Quality (QMS), Environmental (EMS), and Safety (WHS) management systems are often combined and managed as an IMS.
These are not separate systems joined together, rather they are integrated with linkages so that similar processes are seamlessly managed and executed without duplication. IMS components common to all the systems include the resources (people, facilities and equipment, etc.) and processes (documented in the QMS/EMS/OHS and applied throughout the organisation).
The scope of the review process and the development of the Integrated Management System (IMS) is determined entirely by the objectives of your organisation, and is therefore tailored to your specific needs. Naturally the objectives must be compatible with the resources allocated.
Develop a Integrated Management System (IMS) “Framework” documentation with the supporting forms and tools documentation in alignment with the general structure of:
- AS4801 OHS Management System
- ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems
- ISO 9001 Quality management systems
Development of an IMS Implementation Plan or a programmed rollout of new processes across targeted business areas.
Conduct a formal presentation of Integrated Management System (IMS) to the senior management as an overview of the documentation and review of the Implementation Plan.
AS4801 OHS Management System
Sets out requirements for an occupational health and safety management system. The requirements may be used for auditing and certification purposes. The requirements follow the guidelines set out in AS/NZS 4804:2001.
This Standard specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS), to enable an organization to formulate a policy and objectives taking into account legislative requirements and information about hazards or risks.
This Standard is applicable to any organization that wishes to:
- implement, maintain and improve an OHSMS;
- assure itself of its conformance with its stated OHS policy;
- demonstrate such conformance to others;
- seek certification/registration of its OHSMS by an external organization; or
- make a self-determination and declaration of conformance with the Standard.
All the requirements in the Standard are intended to be incorporated into any OHSMS.
ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems
ISO 14001 is an international Standard that specifies the requirements for a structured management approach to environmental protection.
Its purpose is to enable an organisation of any type or size to develop and implement a policy that is committed to environmental responsibility; such as resource sustainability, prevention of pollution, climate change mitigation and minimisation of environmental impact.
A management system which adopts ISO 14001 not only safeguards the organisation’s business strategies now and in the future, but also demonstrates to stakeholders a commitment to environmental performance improvement.
ISO 9001 Quality management systems
ISO 9001 specifies requirements for a quality management system where an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide product that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
All requirements of ISO 9001are generic and are intended to be applicable to all organizations, regardless of type, size and product provided.