Integrated Management Systems
Integrated Management Systems have developed to help organisations achieve benefits from integrating the common requirements of two or more management system standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.
Benefits of an integrated management system approach can include:
- Improved business focus and on cross-departmental collaboration
- A more holistic approach to managing business and management system risks
- Less conflict between systems
- Reduced duplication and bureaucracy
- More effective and efficient audits both internally and externally
- Reduced internal and external costs
- Product or Service innovation and development
The reality is that the various management system standards all have many apparently common requirements, terms and definitions that are subtly or substantially different which has caused confusion and inconsistent understanding and implementation. Annex SL has been produced and incorporated into new versions of recent Standards, such as 9001:2015 & 14001:2015, with the objective of delivering consistent and compatible management system standards. Annex SL describes the framework for a generic management system. However, it requires the addition of discipline-specific requirements to make a fully functional quality, environmental, service management, food safety, business continuity, information security and energy management system standards.
To find out more about the standard, you can get it here.