6 Reasons Why Quality Professionals Support Integrated Management Systems

On February 8, 2017, I delivered a presentation to 138 attendees on Integrated Management Systems (IMS) at the monthly ASQ Toronto section meeting. To learn more about IMS, read The Case for EHSQ Integrated Management Systems. The audience consisted of a broad range of experts including CQEs, CQAs, CQIAs, CSSGB, CSSBB, management consultants, auditors, among others.

As part of the introduction, I asked the audience how many people have either heard about or were already familiar with Integrated Management Systems and I’d say about 40% of the audience raised their hands – which is a good sign! I was actually only expecting about 10 to 20 people to raise their hands. This definitely demonstrates that Integrated Management Systems is of interest to quality management professionals.  The concept of an IMS becomes even more important because of the harmonization of standards due to the recent changes in ISO 9001:2015, ISO … Read more...

The Case for EHSQ Integrated Management Systems

Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to manage your organization’s management systems using an Integrated Management System?  Silos and disparate systems should be a thing of the past.  Between the Quality Management System (QMS), Safety Management System (SMS), and Environmental Management System (EMS), there is abundant opportunity to eliminate inefficiency and duplication of activities especially in more complex organizations with multiple business units.

To learn more, watch this webinar hosted by ASQ (American Society for Quality) where Peter-Elias Alouche discusses:

  • The importance of the customer’s perspective
  • Why businesses should integrate their management systems
  • What is an EHSQ Integrated Management System anyways?
  • What are some of the opportunities to start integrating management systems today
  • The importance of culture

Whenever you assess or improve the effectiveness of your organization’s management system(s), you need to think about your customers and what they want. It’s easy to get caught up … Read more...

2013 World Conference on Quality and Improvement Focuses on Managing Change

Intelex’s Brett McLennan and James Coulen are in Indianapolis this week, talking to people about Quality Management at the 2013 World Conference on Quality and Improvement.

The annual conference is held by the American Society for Quality (ASQ), a community of nearly 80,000 quality professionals dedicated to promoting quality tools, principles and practices in workplaces and communities. With more than 100 sessions on this year’s theme, “Managing Change” attendees are sure to walk away with valuable information on maintaining and improving quality while navigating an evolving business landscape.

One of the most exciting changes is the ongoing development of a global marketplace, but with opportunity comes challenges: managing a global supply chain, ensuring compliance with international standards and regulations, and coordinating logistics on a global scale are just a few of the key issues that will be addressed at this year’s conference. The good news? Intelex may be able to … Read more...