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Quality, Health, Safety, and Environmental (QHSE) compliance is not just a regulatory requirement; it's a crucial aspect of maintaining operational efficiency and reputation in an organisation. Traditionally, many companies have relied on hiring dedicated QHSE managers to oversee these responsibilities. But the question is, do you need a QHSE manager, or can Oscar handle everything for you?

This blog explores the advantages of opting for cloud-based QHSE solutions. We'll provide you with more information on our internal cloud-based solution, Oscar. Oscar is the outsourced system for compliance and resolution, designed to simplify, comply with, and certify our clients to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001.

What is QHSE?

QHSE management has evolved in recent years. With changing regulations, increasing complexities in supply chains, and growing stakeholder expectations, businesses of all sizes and sectors are under more pressure than ever to ensure compliance and mitigate risks. QHSE stands for quality, health, safety, and environment. It represents an integrated approach to managing quality assurance, occupational health and safety, and environmental sustainability within an organisation. Here is a breakdown of each component:

Quality Management (Q)

Quality management ensures that products or services meet or exceed customer expectations. It involves processes, systems, and standards to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes. Quality management systems such as ISO 9001 provide frameworks for implementing quality management practices, including quality planning, control, assurance, and improvement.

Health and Safety Management (H&S or HSE)

Health and safety management encompasses measures to protect the health, safety, and well-being of employees, contractors, visitors, and other stakeholders within the workplace. It involves identifying and mitigating occupational hazards, implementing safety protocols and procedures, providing adequate training and resources, and complying with relevant health and safety regulations and standards. ISO 45001 is the international standard for occupational health and safety management systems, providing a framework for organisations to proactively manage health and safety risks and improve performance.

Environmental Management (E)

Environmental management minimises the environmental impact of an organisation's operations, products, and services. It involves assessing and managing environmental risks, reducing resource consumption, preventing pollution, promoting sustainable practices, and complying with environmental regulations and standards. ISO 14001 is the international standard for environmental management systems, providing a framework for organisations to establish, implement, maintain, and continually improve their environmental performance.

Meet Oscar

What is Oscar? Oscar stands for Outsourced System for Compliance and Resolution, and it's designed to help organisations manage the often intricate and costly process of achieving and continually managing ISO standards (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001). 

Oscar Features and Benefits

Oscar's features are designed to simplify, comply with, and certify you to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001 while reducing the overhead and complexity typically associated with maintaining compliance. Additionally, Oscar provides robust data encryption and two-factor authentication, ensuring that your organisation's sensitive information is always protected against unauthorised access. 

24/7 Accessibility & Security

You can access Oscar from any device with an internet connection anywhere. This cloud-based platform ensures that your data is always available and securely protected. Oscar offers reliability and performance without the need for physical hardware installations, and our secure server farm ensures 24/7, 365-day availability, guaranteeing uninterrupted access whenever you need it. 

User Access Level Control

Oscar offers two distinct user access levels, empowering effective collaboration while maintaining data security. With this feature, management enjoys comprehensive access, including the ability to view and edit documents, while employees have access to relevant information, ensuring a streamlined and focused user experience.

Document Version Control & Traceability

With Oscar, document version control is easy, ensuring seamless compliance with ISO requirements. The system automatically provides comprehensive version control capabilities, including a complete history of previous document versions.

Automated Email Notifications

Rest assured that every user instruction sent through our system is meticulously recorded. We use a combination of on-screen and email notifications to ensure that no instruction is ever overlooked or missed.

Corrective Action Reporting

Our system ensures seamless handling of non-conformances by automatically generating notifications and assigning them to the relevant user(s). With this feature, non-conformances are continually monitored until they are successfully resolved, promoting efficient and effective management of issues.

Task Scheduler

Oscar simplifies task management by allowing you to enter any one-off or repetitive tasks. Once entered, the system automatically notifies the relevant user. The system generates automated notifications upon task completion, keeping everyone informed and ensuring seamless task execution.

Fully Maintained Legal Register

Our system boasts a full legal register that is regularly updated every six months. With just a click of a button, users can effortlessly define the legislation that applies to them, ensuring compliance and staying up-to-date with regulatory requirements.

Automated Document Control

Our system offers seamless integration by allowing you to automatically upload documents held outside of the system with just a click of a button. The system generates a version number upon upload, ensuring organised and efficient document management.

Dynamic Risk Assessment Tool

Our system empowers users to easily create risk assessments for any business area. When you initiate a risk assessment, the system automatically generates a version number, ensuring accurate tracking and organised risk management.

QHSE Manager Salary vs. Software Subscription

It's important to cover the financial considerations to provide a comparison between hiring an internal QHSE manager and opting to subscribe to Oscar. 

Cost of Hiring an Internal QHSE Manager

Salaries for QHSE managers in the UK can vary widely, but typical annual wages range from £45,000 to £60,000 depending on the region and the specific demands of the role (Reed, Indeed, and LinkedIn). Please note that hiring involves additional costs like recruitment, training, and benefits, which can significantly raise the overall expenditure.

Cost of Subscribing to Oscar

Oscar offers a more predictable and potentially cost-effective alternative. The cost structure includes a £1,000 upfront connection fee combined with a monthly hosting fee ranging from £200 to £800. Assuming the highest fee structure (£800 per month), the total cost for a year would be £10,600. Over three years, even at the highest monthly rate, this totals £31,800, which is still within the lower range of hiring a single QHSE manager for just one year.

Given these figures, Oscar provides a cost-efficient alternative. It offers automation, 24/7 support, and compliance updates. These benefits reduce the need for extensive staff training and ongoing professional development often required with an internal manager. This setup not only simplifies budgeting but also significantly reduces overhead costs related to employee benefits and other HR-related expenses.

Getting Started With Oscar

To start using Oscar, the process is straightforward and aims to quickly and efficiently make your organisation compliant with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001. Here are the typical steps involved in the process:

Step 1: Free Demonstration

Start by experiencing a complimentary, no-obligation demonstration of Oscar to see how it can streamline your QHSE management firsthand.

Step 2: Choose Your Contract

Decide what's best for your organisation with our fixed-term, interest-free contract options. Whether you choose a 3 or 5-year term, each is designed to give you financial clarity and peace of mind.

Step 3: Quick Activation

Oscar is operational within just 48 hours. This rapid deployment is done entirely online, requiring no hardware installations or downloads, ensuring that your business faces minimal disruption and continues operations smoothly. 

Step 4: Document Upload

Seamlessly upload your essential compliance documents related to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001 into Oscar. This includes quality manuals, environmental policies, safety records, and procedural documentation.

Don't worry if you don't have all the required documents ready. If you're missing any documents, our consultants can write bespoke documents or provide templates. This ensures your documentation has no gaps, easing your transition to Oscar and ensuring full compliance with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001 standards.


Choosing Oscar as your cloud-based QHSE management solution offers significant cost benefits. It provides compliance ease compared to hiring an internal manager. With features like 24/7 accessibility and advanced security measures, Oscar efficiently meets your organisation's QHSE needs. Ready to see how Oscar can help you achieve ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001? Schedule a free, no-obligation demo today. 

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