Management Systems

Melanie Dixon September 26, 2020

What are Management Systems?

A management system, environmental management system (EMS), health and safety management system (HSMS) or integrated management system (IMS), is a structured system designed to help companies manage their impacts and improve their performance. A management system defines how a company will identify, assess, monitor and maintain their interactions with their workers, the environment and surrounding community.

What are the typical elements of a Management System?

The first element is accountability. For a management system to be effective there must be accountability and responsibilities. This starts with company policies and organisational charts.

The second element is implementation. The activities and potential impacts of the company must be identified and then operational controls developed.

The third is evaluation and improvement. Through monitoring, auditing and review the effectiveness of the management system is determined. This leads to continuous improvement.

How do I ensure my Management System is effective?

One of the best ways to ensure that the management system has all of the applicable processes is to refer to a standard set of requirements.

There are internationally recognised standards including ISO 14001: Environmental management system and ISO 45001: Occupational health and safety management system. These standards define the processes, procedures and records required for a successful management system.

Why are Management Systems important?

It is expected that a company knows and meets its compliance and best practice obligations. A management system is an effective method of documenting processes and identifying opportunities for improvement.

Defining processes and practices both effective and ineffective aspects then determining improvements.

Minimising risk by understanding your operations and determining potential impacts.

Improving efficiency and reducing costs by reducing waste and maximising resources.

Beyond compliance and continuously improving performance.

Do you need assistance?

We have vast experience in the review, development and implementation of management systems.

Our experience includes:

  • Management system review and gap analysis
  • Management System document development
  • Policies and standards
  • Environmental management procedures
  • Safe operating procedures
  • Forms and checklists
  • Auditing of management system compliance and opportunities for improvement