Leveraging Emerging Management System Standards to Create Improved EHS and Sustainability Performance


Management systems can strengthen business advantage by providing better data accuracy and transparency, and provide increased opportunities for cost avoidance and cost savings, while also creating opportunities for improving profit margin.

Management Systems Are Becoming More common in business as companies seek reputable ways co demonstrate responsibility to the international community. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) continues to develop and improve international standards for environment, health and safety (EHS), security and many other business processes. Understanding these new and emerging standards can be key in developing your own management systems to maximize business efficiency, improve profit/cost ratios, reduce environmental and energy impact, and improve your organization's reputation in the business community. Certifying your organization to one or more standards can improve credibility, both internally and externally, and demonstrate your commitment to performing above conformance level and becoming an industry leader in EHS and related issues.

This article will discuss some of the benefits, drivers and challenges of establishing a management systems approach in your business. We'll provide an overview of some of the newer EHS and related management systems, as well as some of the advantages of developing a management system in the waste management industry to track and improve such factors as overall environmental footprint, safety and health concerns, or energy usage and management. In addition, we'll discuss how a customized integrated management system— comprising elements of two or more standards—can maximize benefits as it decreases time and resource requirements.

What is a Management System?
A management system is a framework of processes and procedures that help ensure that an organization can fulfill all tasks required to achieve its objectives. This framework includes responsibility/accountability for tasks and processes, a schedule for activities to be completed, an auditing tool and a corrective action process. The system supports improved company performance through a process of continuous improvement, most often described as “Plan, Do, Check, Act.” Management systems align with existing company goals and provide measurable results to report to internal and external stakeholders

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