30 April 2019
Quality and Safety - Same but Different
Quality and safety management focus on different outputs - they are different. Or are they? To manage your safety requires that you implement a number of practices, procedures and that you evidence what you do. The same applies if you want to manage your quality properly.
ISO introduced a few years back a revised structure. ISO adopted a higher level structure that standardised how management structures were written and implemented. The requirements for safety are contained in ISO 45001:2018 with quality management at ISO 9001:2015. Yes, they are different, but the base requriements, procedures and structure of quality and safety management systems have been aligned so that the difference between them are only the core focus of each system. In all other regards they are the same system. This means that you can adopt methods to manage your document management, training, induction, investigation, assurance, and risk management.
The effect is a reduction in the cost to implement one or other system, giving you a consolidated and integrated approach to safety and quality management and greater visibility.
The exception is risk management, but this is good news! ISO 45001:2018 changed the perspective of safey risk management by adopting the accepted business and project management view that risk is both a threat and an opportunity. The impact is that you can now use a common approach to manage all your business risks without the need to adopt different approaches for each perspective.
Are you, or do you know someone considering implementing a safety or quality management system? If so, call me and see how I can help.
Did you now that work related deaths worldwide have increased to 2.78 million - thats 278,000,000 people killed at work.