For instance, an environmental management system enables organizations to improve their environmental performance through a process of continuous improvement. An oversimplification is "Plan, Do, Check, Act". A more complete system would include accountability (an assignment of personal responsibility) and a schedule for activities to be completed, as well as auditing tools to implement corrective actions in addition to scheduled activities, creating an upward spiral of continuous improvement.
Also as in the aforementioned management system, an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) enables an organization to control its occupational health and safety risks and to improve its performance by means of continuous improvement.
United States Environmental Protection Agency (2001): “Integrated Environmental Management Systems: Implementation Guide.” Report written by ABT Associates for the USEPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Design for the Environment Program; Economics, Exposure, and Technology Division. Washington, DC.
United States Department of Labor, Occupational Health and Safety Administration (1988); Voluntary Protection Programs to Supplement Enforcement and to Provide Safe and Healthful Working Conditions." Federal Register, July 12, 1988; 53:133 pp. 26339–26348.
Redinger C.F. (2002): Implementation Guidance Manual; For the ILO Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems ILO-OSH 2001. International Labour Office, Geneva.
Business Publication on Management Systems (MS Magazine)