13.07.2007

New stepped route to management systems

The British Lloyd's Register (LRQA UK) has launched PRISM to help organisations
expand their range of existing management systems, to better manage their
overall business risks. PRISM allows you to build and combine additional
certificated management systems with your existing ISO 9001 quality management
system (QMS) at your own pace using available resource. Achieved by
implementing the extra systems in a series of six Steps leading to
certification, each one is formally recognised by LRQA enabling you to
demonstrate your commitment.

The 'Progressive Route into Systems Management' uniquely enables organisations
to progressively build and combine additional certificated management systems
with an existing approved system.

It is achieved by implementing the extra systems in a series of steps which
leads to formal certification to either the environmental management system
standard, ISO 14001 or the occupational health and safety standard, OHSAS
18001, with each step formally recognised by LRQA.

The assessments will typically be combined with existing scheduled visits where
possible and practical, so further reducing disruption and paperwork.

Giles Hudson, LRQA's UK PRISM Product Manager explains the rationale behind its
development. "PRISM has been developed as many organisations have seen the
benefits of a certified ISO 9001 system and want to extend this into other
areas over time, such as environmental, health and safety or information
security.

"However, for many companies and in particular SME's, simply finding the
resource necessary to implement or integrate new processes and disciplines can
often be difficult. This is where PRISM comes into its own as it allows
companies to progressively build a combined system, making the best use of
resource while gaining vital third-party recognition along the way."

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Lloyd's Register