Product SHERQ (IMS)

SHERQ-“Pack” Integrated Management System or part integration there of:

Helping organisations to design and implement management systems, including SH; E; R or Q or building management systems individually or integrating them e.g. SH; SHE; SHER or SHERQ is dependant upon the needs of such an organisation. If there are two or more systems being used, such as SHE or SHER or SHERQ these are regarded as integrated management systems.

Health & Safety-“Pack” management system, with its requirements currently described in OHSAS 18001:2007 or latest version ISO 45001:2018. Anyone using OSHAS has less than three (3) years (11-03-2021) to implement the latest version.                         Environmental-“Pack”management system, with its requirements currently described in ISO 14001:2015.          Risk-“Pack” management system, with its requirements currently described in ISO 31001:2009 or latest version ISO 31001:2018. Anyone using the 2007 version must adopt the 2018 version in less than three (3) years (08-02-2021).                                                            Quality-“Pack” management system, with its requirements as currently described in ISO 9001:2015. The old standard ISO 9001:2008 expires September 2018.

It is important to note that while there is no legal requirement for the implementation of a quality management system or risk (although a lot of customers now demand it), there are legal requirements for environmental management and health & safety management. The legislation does, however, not imply that the standards mentioned here must be used. It merely requires compliance with the legal requirements of the country in which the legal requirements are valid.

Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Mine Health and Safety Act, as well as a variety of Environmental Acts, such as the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), as well as other environmental legislation, which are controlled by various government departments.

Regulations, regional legislation and by-laws must also be complied with. Organisations often ignore some of the legal requirements, simply because it is often not policed very well by governments. Compliance with the standards makes legal requirements much easier.
ISO has realized that the implementation of four (4) management systems in any organisation may prove problematic.

It is possible to have four (4) different management systems, each acting in isolation, but would lead to confusion amongst management as well as their workers.

The solution lies in integrating the management systems into parts there of or   SHERQ management system. The standards are written in such a way that it is possible to integrate.

Integration is possible of all four (4) standards as each contain clauses which are specific to its area of application or are common between all four (4) standards. The specific areas of application are:

  • ISO 9001: Quality management to ensure customer satisfaction. The focus is on compliance with customer needs and requirements. It applies to how we are doing business to ensure the profitability and survival of our organizations.
  • ISO 14001: Environmental management to limit adverse effects on the environment and to promote sustainability. It includes the living environment, the non-living environment as well as the man-made environment.
  • ISO 31001: Risk management be it current 2009 or latest 2018 version is very similar to the original version, but the following bullet points identify the main changes for the 2018 version of the guidelines:
    The principles of risk management have been reviewed, as these are the key criteria for successful risk management;
  • The importance of leadership by top management is highlighted, as is the integration of risk management, starting with the governance of the organisation;
    Greater emphasis is placed on the iterative nature of risk management, because new knowledge and analysis leads to revision of processes, actions and controls; and
    The content is streamlined with greater focus on sustaining an open systems model to fit multiple needs and contexts. ISO 31001:2018 Risk Management – Guidelines
  • OHSAS 18001 or ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety management within the organisation is to protect their work force as well as the community.
    Common requirements include the following:
    · Management review
    · Corrective and preventive action systems
    · Document control
    · Internal audits
    · Compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements
    · Training requirements
    · Calibration of monitoring and measuring devices etc.
    An important benefit for integration of management systems into a single SHERQ management system is that it avoids the possibility of a management system being regarded as, “more important” than the others by the management. The integrated system regards each component as equally important in the eyes of management. It has the effect that management can be fair in its allocation of resources and funds.                                                                                                                           SHERQ practitioners and aspiring SHERQ managers often ask, if they can attend a SHERQ management course that will enable them to design and implement SHERQ management systems or qualify in order to be  appointed as SHERQ managers in their respective organisations?               Unless a candidate has time and can attend courses stretching over long periods, it is not possible to run a 3 to 5 day course that will impart enough knowledge for a candidate to become “qualified“. It is also important to remember that training alone will not make a person qualified. Nothing can replace knowledge and experience.
    Only, once the candidate has at least basic knowledge for such requirements of the standards, can he/she become part of an integrated SHERQ Auditor course, which will concentrate on the audit process, auditing techniques and audit reporting.                                                                                                                                                                                  Training on internal auditing should also be included as part of the requirement of ISO 19011, the standard for auditors. Other standards for auditing specific components for a SHERQ management system should also be included such as:                                                                Communication and an auditors practical session. Practical sessions may consist of a role play, using real case studies or practical auditing within the confines of an organisation.