Some of the most widely implemented standards (e.g. ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS18001) certainly lend themselves to this type of system, as many of the requirements are the same. So the common elements such as Document Control, Management Review, Auditing and setting Objectives could cover all the relevant standards, as could procedures for areas such as Purchasing, Training and so on. It is also possible to write one integrated Management Policy which would meet all the requirements.
This process will result in a more streamlined and cohesive Management System which may be more likely to be taken on board by all concerned. It should also have the added benefits of reducing time spent on processes such as Management Review and internal auditing, and may reduce the overall time and therefore cost of external assessment and subsequent surveillance visits.
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