Integrated Management System (IMS)
Organizations are more and more focused on achieving an integrated implementation of management systems. Integration brings many advantages: clear and coordinated responsibilities and allocation of tasks, providing a better overview of the entire system in the organization, and therefore cost optimization. The question is not whether integration is the right path – consensus already exists on this issue – it is instead a matter of how an optimal and integrated structure can be built up with the result that the systems and their respective system elements at different levels interlock assure continuous improvement towards excellence.
Norms and standards, bodies of legislation and ordinances offer an enormous variety and range of models in quality, the environment and security, risk, and many other fields. Building on the framework of ISO 9001 for example, organizations have developed environmental management systems according to ISO 14001 and/or EMAS, security and health management according to ISO 45001 (former BS OHSAS 18001), SCC, SCP or are currently in the process of implementing them. In addition, a vast range of sector-specific standards has been created with requirements or guidance aligned on to specific target groups.
Integrated audits are the means for the certification of integrated management systems. It is not only possible to reduce effort significantly through the combination of models, but a much broader view of the company can be taken and with this even more useful recommendation to its further development can be identified.
Most Quality Austria Gulf auditors cover several standards or models as auditors or assessors, representing competence for integrated management systems in each audit.