In the modern business world of globalization, having a defined management system that focuses on all faucets of an organization’s processes are beneficial to remain competitive.  For example, a quality system that focuses on meeting customer and regulatory requirements, an environmental system that establishes objects for waste minimization or a safety system that focus on identifying hazards in the workplace.  All of these pillars within any organization are extremely important to focus on sustainability and continuous improvement within each pillar.

Integrated Management system

Unfortunately, the down side of incorporating these systems are:

  • takes an enormous amount of resources to create, deploy and maintain each individual pillar.
  • at conflict with one another since they work independently.

As an example, the safety department is concerned with the safety management system, a Quality Control Manager handles the quality management system (QMS).  The pillars are narrowly focused on their opportunities and problem solving principles.

Here are a few examples of management systems by pillars:

QMS – Quality Management System

A set of policies, processes and procedures required for planning and execution an organizations production processes that can impact the organization’s ability to meet customer requirements.

  • ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems
  • AS9100 Aerospace and Defense
  • ISO 13485 Medical Devices
  • TS 16949 Automotive

EMS – Environmental Management System

Continuously seeks improvement opportunities within an organizations’ environmental footprint and regulatory performance.

  • ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

SMS – Safety Management System

Similar to EMS only that this system focuses on personal safety performance and regulatory status.

  • OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

ISMS – Information Security Management System

Determines how your organization should organize and manage its information security.

  • ISO 27000 Internet Security Management System

FSMS – Food Safety Management System

Confirms that corporations specifically within the food industy follow various procedures and guidelines to ensure their products for customer safety.

  • FSSC 22000 Food Safety Certification
  • ISO 22000
  • SQF

Now you understand the amount of resources to manage individually these pillars along with how conflicts can arise.  The good news is that there is a solution, an integrated management system, also known as IMS.