Integrating systems can drive efficiency

August 22, 2012 11:10 am Published by

Integrated SystemsHere at D’Ardenne Associates we’re always talking about quality and improvement – helping companies and organizations set objectives and achieve them through standards-based management systems.

Sometimes that focus on efficiency and effectiveness applies to developing, implementing and maintaining systems that incorporate several of the standards themselves.

Learning and implementing international ISO standards takes a bold commitment, a quest to be better, faster and more profitable. Given the effort it takes, many companies are seeing the value of integrating systems – incorporating more than one standard into their efforts.

The benefits of integration are many:

  • It reduces duplication of resources. Rather than driving individual standards, your company can integrate two or more into one platform and then drive it to manage the business.
  • It saves time (it is more efficient and effective). You don’t need to drive more than one set of objectives, audits and reviews. Instead, you can develop one that supports all of the components of your quality management system.
    • It expands your base. Integrated courses appeal to a larger group of employees, further instilling the value of a single driver to manage your organization.

Once you recognize the differences – and similarities – in requirements between the different standards, you’ll see the value of integration to make you more efficient and effective in this competitive environment.

Plan now to attend our integrated course in December, which starts with ISO 9001 (quality) and then builds on that platform with 14011 (environmental) and 18001 (health and safety).

In the meantime, please be sure to contact us to discuss the benefits of integration.

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This post was written by Roy D'Ardenne