ABOUT THE PROJECT
Many organizations today are interested in establishing management systems dedicated to quality, the environment, and/or occupational health and safety. They often consider establishing these management systems in an isolated manner and incrementally on a reactive basis due to external pressures, regulatory and market requirements, and top management priorities. In addition, third-party certification processes for separate management systems are often costly and consume large amounts of staff time and effort. Therefore, an integrated management system (IMS) can be a cost-effective approach.
One of the greatest benefits of developing an IMS is that the organization will then be better equipped to monitor and reduce its impact on the environment, health and safety. This approach will help minimize incidents that may have severe repercussions, reduce the cost of managing health and safety risks, decrease environmental impacts, and improve finances by increasing overall productivity and quality.
The training aims to enable participants to understand the IMS for effective integration of quality management (ISO 9001), environmental management (ISO 14001) and occupational health and safety management (OHSAS 18001) systems and understand how an IMS can be implemented in an organization.
OBJECTIVES FOR PARTICIPATION
Attendance to this program would help me further strengthen my knowledge, skills, and experience to become a competent trainer in establishing an integrated management system, especially now, when organizations globally, realize the importance of their roles in reducing their impacts on environment, health and safety. I believe this would be beneficial for my career development and job enrichment in different areas of management systems. This will also provide me an opportunity to gain deeper understanding of the different management approaches and, in turn, apply this to my work as i continue to implement projects assisting organizations in their quest for productivity and quality improvement.
PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS
There were twenty three (23) participants with involvements ranging from officers of respective national productivity centers and service enterprises such as university, ministry of MSME, certification body, research institute, and bank. I am the only Filipino participant.
SCOPE, CONTENT AND METHODOLOGY
The training involved presentation of the GP, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 framework and principles by resource persons from Singapore and Malaysia Productivity Centers. Topics on integrating the three standards and its benefits were also discussed. Participants implementing Quality, Environment, and Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, shared their experiences during lectures and discussions.
A site visit to Better World Green Public Company Limited (BWGPCL), the largest waste management center located at Saraburi province, was conducted. BWGPCL collects industrial wastes in all Thailand in view of following government pollution reduction policies. The site visit provided the class with a better understanding of the principles. It also solicited suggestions and / or areas for improvements for the organization.
On the fourth day, a write-shop was conducted. The participants, divided by six teams, were given assignments to document the IMS policy, Document Control Procedure, Control of NC, Corrective and Preventive Action, and Responsibility, Authority and Communication focusing on different types / nature of organizations.
The outputs of the write-shop were presented on the last day of the training. Outputs also solicited suggestions and / or areas for improvements, and entry points for the APO participants.
OUTCOMES AND EVALUATION
I have gained what i hoped in the training. The participants who shared their experience in implementing IMS provided me with a broader perspective. The resource persons provided the participants deeper appreciation and understanding of the IMS.
RECOMMENDATIONS AND ACTION STEPS
The group, in coordination with APO, made the following recommendation:
1. For the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to develop a set of guidelines or standard framework for integration of management systems for enhancing the understanding of organizations thereby increasing acceptability of IMS culminating into overall productivity improvement.
2. For the National Standard Institutes / Organizations to develop national level standards or guidelines for IMS following PAS 99 (Publicly Available Specification( or any other equivalent specifications / guidelines.
DAP as NPO may coordinate with DTI for the development of such standard. Further, adopting an environmental and occupational health and safety management system and integrating it with its current quality management system (QMS) would enable DAP to manage the environmental aspects and hazards of its operations, thereby reducing the adverse effects to the environment, its employees, clients and stakeholders.
I am currently coordinating with APO Liaison Office for the schedule of echo session to be conducted within third quarter of 2012.
RONALD ARMIN OCAMPO
Project Officer III
Center for Quality and Competitiveness
Development Academy of the Philippines