What is a Management System?

A management system or business system is simply the collection of processes that a company uses to manage its operations to achieve a particular outcome.  For instance, an environmental management system determines and improves an organizations’ environmental position and performance.  A safety management system is a collection of processes that a company uses to ensure its operations are conducted safely.  Most companies have around 30 key management system processes that include areas such as managing employee performance, identifying risks, training, continuous improvement and planning.

What is a Safety Management System?

Management Systems have seen much growth over the past few decades.  The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) alone has issued more than a dozen management systems in which a company can be certified.  These management systems include, quality, asset management, risk, safety, environmental, etc.  Many other organizations also prescribe management systems such as process safety management, lean/six sigma and total productive maintenance.

Unfortunately, most management systems today are designed to achieve a single outcome (quality, safety, compliance, etc.) many companies have fallen into the trap of implementing multiple management systems.  What they haven’t realized is that the vast majority of these systems contain exactly the same processes.  A Safety Management System (SMS) integrates all of an organization’s systems and processes in to one complete framework, enabling an organization to work as a single unit with unified objectives.

Governance Control Systems Coupled with Integrated Management Systems

While many companies are starting to see the benefit of implementing an SMS, the next cycle of improvement is to link it with a Governance Control System (GCS).  A GCS ensures that all areas of the SMS are fully deployed throughout all levels of the organization.  A comprehensive GCS can also provide real-time data to senior leadership on the health of the SMS and any gaps that need to be addressed.  PI Confluence can work with you to not only customize an SMS that meets your specific needs but also configure a GCS that ensures you are getting the results you want out of your SMS.


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