As part of an earlier blog on ISO Management System Standards integration, there were some items that needed expansion. In this blog, the following point will be addressed:
By addressing all the clauses of ISO 9001 (or likewise with ISO 14001 or OHSAS 18001), you have effectively complied with approximately 30-50% of the other 2 standards.
ISO Management system standards are designed for integration, of particular mention:
- ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems as was reviewed in the previous blog
- ISO 9001 Quality Management and its industry specific derivatives:
- ISO 13485 Medical Devices
- AS 9100 Aerospace
- TL 9000 Telecommunications
- ISO / IEC 17025 Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories
Often a client of ours is not aware of the range of management system standards they can become certified to, but become aware of these during the consulting process, when it becomes clear that they didn’t know that they needed it. The good news is that the cost and time of implementing a second, third, fourth, etc. standard is reasonably minimal. The standards were designed with that purpose in mind. For example, the similarities between ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 can easily be seen by the following table (Using ISO 9001 as the leading standard):
Many of the above clauses have the same meaning but obviously a different theme and therefore one process to cover clauses across the 3 standards is not entirely possible. However, the clauses that are almost the same across the 3 clauses are colored yellow. As you can see there are many of them. There are even more when it comes to comparing ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 together.
When undertaking the consulting process, it is simpler and cheaper in the long run to prepare all of the required standards at the one time.
Call us and discuss which standards are relevant to you and let us prepare a competitive price with exceptional service and results to help you get compliant.