If your organization is currently having several management systems that are not integrated, you probably have separate audits for separate systems on separate days. This results in more downtime for your internal teams, more paperwork and less time actually doing business. An integrated system audit takes cumulatively less time than individual standard audits as each function of the organisation only needs to be seen once for all standards covered.
IMS (Integrated Management System) integrates all relevant components of a business into one coherent system so as to enable the optimal achievement of its business objectives. The integrated approach requires combining all the internal business management practices into one system. For the different systems to be properly integrated, rather than simply being separate systems joined together, there have to be effective linkages so that the boundaries between processes are seamless.
IMS is designed to:
- Ensure focus on business goals & objectives
- Harmonise and optimise practices
- Reduce risks to the business and increase profitability
- Balance conflicting objectives
- Eliminate conflicting responsibilities and relationships
- Reduce duplication and therefore costs
- Create consistency
- Improve communications
- Facilitate training and development