Every manufacturing organisation has a number of different management systems.
Management systems refer to the set of processes and procedures, usually based upon internationally-recognised ISO Standards, which enable an organisation to achieve its intended objectives.
They involve identifying the organisation’s requirements – defining, implementing and controlling the processes for achieving those requirements – and monitoring, evaluating and continually improving the processes to achieve Business Excellence.
The effectiveness of a management system is dependent on the contribution of all employees. Commitment and support from top-level management is crucial, while having the right team leaders and staff to implement and execute the procedures will help ensure compliance at all levels. Having an organisational-wide approach will enable manufacturers to better utilise and maximise the benefits of an effective management system.
Some management systems commonly found within manufacturing organisations include Quality Management (ISO 9001:2008 Standard), Occupational Health and Safety (AS/NZS 4801:2001 Standard), Environmental Management (ISO 14001:2004 Standard) as well as Risk Management and Compliance (AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Standard).
These management systems usually run independent of one another and act as separate business entities.
By having multiple silo-based management systems, organisations may be duplicating their efforts, expenses and time. It is evident in many large organisations today that there is a fusion of job roles and responsibilities for those involved with management systems.
With the rise of new job titles such as Quality/OHS and Quality/Risk Managers becoming increasingly popular, these dual roles can help an organisation to integrate various management systems.
An alternative solution is to have an Internal Auditor who is qualified across all management systems and able to identify opportunities to integrate multiple management systems.
Moving from silo-based management systems to an integrated management system will significantly reduce an organisation’s financial and time investment, while producing similar outcomes.
Most importantly, all employees should have a good understanding of the management systems in place within an organisation.
Training with a leading auditing and management systems provider like SAI Global will equip employees with the necessary knowledge and skills to implement, control and audit management systems based on the relevant Standards.
SAI Global offer the Diploma of Quality Auditing and Auditing Integrated Management Systems qualifications, giving employees a sound understanding of relevant management systems, which can then be easily applied into the workplace.
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