Organisations should follow a structured and systematic approach to integrating their management systems.
An Integrated Management System is a combined system that manages multiple aspects of an organisation’s operations in line with standards such as Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety and Information Security.
Fully integrated systems focus the whole organisation on performance, where key priorities and objectives are clear, and the system compliments business processes.
8 Step Integration Plan
Step 1: Awareness Training
Educate employees on the processes they’re responsible for, and how they work within the overall system.
Step 2: Define Strategic Objectives
Top management need to develop and define an integrated policy and pathway, aligning business objectives to the management systems.
Step 3: Process Design & Documentation
Design processes and procedures that support the business’s strategic objectives, removing duplication and redundancies.
Step 4: Process Implementation & Documentation
Implement the new processes, ensuring all departments are aware of what they are responsible for and how it affects the overall system.
Step 5: Gap Analysis
Conduct a gap analysis on the new system to determine its compliance with Standard requirements.
Step 6: Corrective Action
Assign corrective actions to any nonconformances identified during the Gap Analysis
Step 7: Certification Audit
Your Certification Body will now need to conduct the certification audit to determine conformity and certification success.
Step 8: Measure, Monitor & Review
Implement an effective internal audit program and management reviews to ensure continual improvement.