What are integrated QHSE management manuals?
Integrated management manuals are manuals which outline all of the processes need to complete any jobs in your company.
They include step-by-step processes which ensure all jobs or work is completed to its full extent.
Why are integrated manuals important?
One of the advantages of having an integrated management system is obvious – it’s the elimination of duplication, and thus the saving of precious time and resources.
Efficiency isn’t the only gain, though. There are a myriad of other advantages, such as:
- Improving communication.
- Staff will only need to read one procedure and not four to five that are saying the same thing for each system.
- Balancing conflicting objectives.
- The quality system may have an objective that conflicts with the health and safety system. Combining these together could balance them out.
- Facilitating training and development. Plus the management of training records will be simplified if only one system is used.
- Create consistency.
- Having one system will mean a consistent approach to internal auditing.
What are the benefits of an integrated management system manual?
The thing is, we all know that an integrated QHSE system offers massive benefits. The list is long and substantive, including things like:
- Better decision making
- Less likelihood of overlapping responsibilities
- Less duplication of effort
- Creation of objectives and plans that don’t compete against, or contradict, each other
- Better allocation of available resources
- Harmonised methods and processes
- Less documentation
- Increased awareness and promotion of the interaction and interrelation of QHSE with the company's operational and business processes
- Consolidation of audit results for all the management systems
- Gives your governance group (i.e. Board) a clearer indication of risks to the business