Among the various concerns that business owners deal with or face, one of the most significant and often avoided is the issue of health and safety at the workplace. Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality requirements have increased in business organizations. This growth has added to the need for organized procedures to ensure that these standards are fulfilled.
Promotion of Health and Safety measures at the workplace not only offers a positive working environment for employees, but it also proves to be beneficial to the owner and business as a whole.
One of the leading concerns for employees is the fact that most of them spend one-third of their day, five days a week, at the work location. This statistic implies that the workplace must be an ideal place to promote Health and Safety approach for employees.
If your organization is certified to the OHSAS 18001 safety standard or any other audited management standard, the idea of an integrated management system (IMS) might appeal responsive.
Though most firms still operate a stand-alone system, the case for integration is based on the fact that all management systems share common elements, whether it is ISO 9001 for quality or ISO 14001 for the environment.
Some of the capturing advantages of Integrating the Management System for any organization are listed below –
- Facilitating effective decision making by providing a more complete view of the impact of the quality, environmental and occupational health & safety programs on business performances.
- Identifying those areas where there may be overlapping responsibilities or duplication of effort.
- Helping to develop objectives and plans that are not competing or contradictory, and are consistent with business needs.
- Allowing better planning and allocation of available resources, leading to improved workflow and operational efficiencies.
- Promoting harmonized methods and processes for the overall 'business management' system
- Reducing the amount of documentation, providing all relevant information in one place, resulting in happier employees who are not overwhelmed by multiple cross-references.
- Raising awareness and promoting the interaction and interrelation of Quality, Environmentalconsequence, and Health & Safety systems with the company's operational and business processes.
- Facilitating the development of coordinated solutions to problems identified in different work areas.
- Promoting a more business-focused approach to the audit process.
- Consolidating audit results for all the management systems.