Quality, Environmental, Safety and Health (QESH) are important subjects in every sector but healthcare and medical organisations have their own unique risks and challenges. Depending on the exact nature of your facility, you will have to consider some or all the following:
- Regulatory compliance
- Emergency procedures
- Use of hazardous substances and ionising radiation
- Contamination and control of infectious disease
- Waste management and disposal
- Accident and incident management
- Patient welfare and dignity
- Complaint handling
- Audits and inspections
- Risk assessments
- Staff rotation
- Agency staff and third-party suppliers
- Hazards through equipment misuse
- Equipment cleaning and maintenance
- Data management and protection, including GDPR
The QESH implications for the medical industry are potentially fatal and yet, where proper processes aren’t in place, things can often get overlooked.
A well organised and bespoke management system can formalise all your processes, organise all relevant documentation in one place and assist with record maintenance. This can be instrumental in ensuring the welfare of your employees and patients alike, as well as reducing costs and improving operational efficiency. An Integrated Management System (IMS) is considered the ultimate in management systems as it brings all policies, procedures and documentation together into one place.
Effective management systems are a key component of achieving ISO certifications such as ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO27001 and ISO45001. These certifications demonstrate that you are operating to internationally recognised standards.
How Alpha Swanson can help medical and healthcare 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 are not looking to work towards formal certification, an IMS will provide huge benefits to your organisation. We don’t provide off-the-shelf solutions so your system will be tailored to your specific requirements. This makes it easier to get employees engaged, which will increase the chance of success.
Should you wish to work towards ISO certification in the future, your management system will provide a solid foundation for achieving this.
To discuss our specialist QESH services in more detail, contact our friendly team.