Integrated Management System

An integrated management system (IMS) combines all related components of a business into one system for easier management and operations. Quality, Environmental, and Safety management systems are often combined and managed as an IMS. These systems are not seperate systems that are later joined together, rather they are integrated with linkages so that similar processes are seamlessly managed and executed without duplication.

There are several good reasons for integration, to:

  • Reduce duplication and therefore costs
  • Reduce risks and increase profitability
  • Balance conflicting objectives
  • Eliminate conflicting responsibilities and relationships
  • Diffuse the power system
  • Turn the focus onto business goals
  • Formalise informal systems
  • Improve communication
  • Facilitate training and development