Quality, Environmental, Safety and Health (QESH) are important subjects in every sector and logistics companies have their own unique risks and challenges. Depending on the exact nature of your business, you will have to consider some or all the following:
- Storage and dispatch
- Import/export regulations
- Freight damage claims
- Risk mitigation
- Managing third-party suppliers, sub-contractors and agency workers
- Building infrastructure
- Fleet management
- Driver scheduling
- Loading and unloading
- Vehicle maintenance
- Utilities and energy consumption
- Accident and incident reporting
- Data management and protection, including GDPR
With so many different stages to manage, it can be a challenge developing efficient processes. Often work is duplicated, slowing down operations and resulting in unnecessary cost. In other cases, processes are not sufficient and inadequacies only come to light when it is too late.
A management system can help you resolve such issues, as it formalises your processes, organises your documentation and streamlines your operations. This makes it easier for you to manage your business efficiently and ensure you are complying with relevant legislation and regulations. An Integrated Management System (IMS) is considered the ultimate in management systems as it brings all policies, procedures and documentation together into one place.
An effective management system also gives you more control over quality and cost. You’ll be able to easily access information allowing you to make more informed decisions.
Management systems are a key component of achieving UKAS accredited ISO certifications such as ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO27001 and ISO45001. These certifications can give you a competitive edge as they show you operate to internationally recognised standards.
How Alpha Swanson can help logistics organisations
At Alpha Swanson, we have a proven approach to helping businesses develop and implement bespoke management systems and achieve internationally recognised standards. We have assisted numerous clients in gaining UKAS accredited certification to ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO27001 and ISO45001.
Even if you aren’t currently looking to work towards formal certification, an IMS will provide huge benefits to your business. We’ll help you create robust systems and processes that will provide a solid foundation for gaining these certifications in the future.
Contact us to find out how we can help you improve quality, manage your environmental impact and ensure you comply with health, safety and information security legislation.