An Integrated Management System (IMS) covers quality, environment, safety, and health. These can be summarised as various acronyms meaning the same thing – QUENSH, HSQE, QHSE etc., with mature organisations dropping the topics and adopting the term ‘Compliance’ or ‘Business Management System’. This recognises that QUENSH subjects are inter-related and should not be viewed in isolation.
An IMS Consultant or Coordinator helps organisations establish, implement, maintain, and improve their IMSs. Where a person is employed directly, it is good practice to use the role titles of ‘Lead’ or ‘Coordinator’, to indicate that compliance is the responsibility of all employees.
Consultancy organisations, which may be small to large in size, employ consultants to work with external clients. Companies may directly employ an individual, or team of individuals, in the role.