How an Integrated Management System can benefit organizations?
An integrated management system (IMS) combines all related components of an organization into one system for easier management and operations. Quality, Environmental, and Safety management systems are often combined and managed as an IMS. These systems are not separate systems that are later joined together, rather they are integrated with linkages so that similar processes are seamlessly managed and executed without duplication.
IMS is suitable for any organization irrespective of the size or the industry. It can be implemented by any company willing to integrate several management systems into a single coherent structure including all the documented information (policies, processes, procedures, etc.) and the support software (ERP, etc.).
Pros of IMS
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A consideration of the relative advantages and disadvantages of an IMS is a sound starting point to evaluate whether the time has come to integrate management platforms, or whether integration would generate no immediate or long-term payoff.
Cost-efficiency: An obvious cost-reduction arises when a business addresses each of the areas in the organization with shared software and processes. Also, registrars tend to provide discounts when they are able to audit two or more management systems together, as opposed to one at a time.
Time-efficiency: While the logistics of implementing an IMS may be complicated at the onset, the relative simplicity of managing EHSQ (Environment, Health, Safety & Quality) systems together on an ongoing basis will ultimately save time and frustration.
Corporate Brand: Most businesses understand that a negative EHSQ event-for example, a spill, a product recall or an employee injury-can have a significant impact on a corporate brand, as well as the share price. Applying the same standards to each area by way of an IMS curbs the risk of any such event.
Collaboration: An IMS reduces the silos of information that typically haunt most organizations. Key data can be selectively shared across an organization thereby reducing risk-for example, that associated with the use of hazardous materials-while better capitalizing on opportunities.
In these modern days of business, every organization is looking out for a single solution for their problems in various business areas. Integrated management system is one such solution if it is implemented properly. It reduces the burden on the organizations with the help of the tremendous development happening in the field of Technology.