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Integrated Management Systems

Integrated Management Systems (IMS) is the integration of QMS, EMS, OHSAS and other regulations / standards and requirements into a single management system. IMS fosters the approach that an organization should establish one integrated system that is best for the business and not set up separate, often duplicate, processes or documentation to satisfy each management standard. IMS contains company-wide processes that conform to various management system standards such as AS9100, ISO/TS 16949, ISO 22000, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 but are primarily established in support of the business goals. Typically, organizations implement stand-alone procedures in order to simply satisfy the

Integrated Management Systems

requirements of QMS, EMS, or OHSAS. In fact, often these procedures do not accurately reflect how the business operates, as seen in Figure 5. Furthermore, the dichotomy between business needs and regulatory requirements is confounded when each entity in the organization – whether a production plant or the sales group – writes duplicate procedures to fulfill the same requirements. It is estimated that the majority of organizations in the world have business and regulatory procedures that are not integrated (i.e., stand-alone QMS, EMS, and OHSMS procedures).

At Omnex, integration means developing common organizational processes based on standardized work flows, conducting integrated risk analysis (using FMEAs and Control Plans for quality, environmental and health and safety risks) and conducting integrated audits. At Omnex, we are continuing to pioneer ever more effective and efficient ways of defining, implementing and auditing integrated management systems. In Omnex implementations, over 90% of the processes integrate between QMS, EMS, or OHSMS, as seen in Figure 6. Integration and standardization not only reduce confusion and redundancy in the workplace, but cost an estimated 50% less to implement and – most importantly – cost 50% less to maintain. Furthermore, the cost for registration is reduced by as much as 33%.


Omnex has been implementing integrated management systems since the 1990s, beginning with the integrationof QS-9000 and ISO 14001 in the Americas for Yazaki. Since then, we have integrated ISO 9001,

Integrated Management Systems

ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 for organizations around the world including General Motors and TRW. Lately, we have integrated ISO 9001 and Food Safety Management Systems including an implementation where Food Safety, Quality (ISO 9001), Environmental (ISO 14001), and Health and Safety (OHSAS 18001) were integrated into one management system. Omnex recently helped Swiss Colony – a 100 year-old Food Catalog and Bakery – implement FSMS and QMS standards in a record six months that included QOS/BOS and Phase Gate New Product Development methodologies and 8D Problem Solving techniques.

Omnex provides training for top management in the understanding and integration of multiple integrated management systems, as well as the world’s only lead auditor course in Integrated Management Systems (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001).

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