A New Process-Based Approach for Implementing an Integrated Management System: Quality, Security, Environment

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This paper presents a new approach for implementing an integrating quality, environment and security management system on the basis of three aspects: process-based approach, risk management and a global monitoring system used as integrating factors to satisfy three important levels of integra- tion, namely, correspondence, coordination and in- tegration. The different steps of the proposed ap- proach cover the whole PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) scheme.

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