In a competitive environment, organizations must manage their daily activities effectively. For this reason, management models that can be used as tools for this task are in demand. Until now, companies have addressed the problem by opting for the implementation of integrated management models based on more or less standardized models.
The ISO 19011 for audits was the first step, it serves both for quality and environment. Later, the appearance of of the ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 standards and, more recently, the ISO 45001 have confirmed this trend.
A high percentage of companies that have an integrated system already in place, usually have at least a system of quality management, as it is the most common and widespread. The strategy is to integrate into existing management manuals, specific aspects of other systems to integrate and optimize resources and costs. In this context, it is essential to ensure that the integrated system is suited to the idiosyncrasies of the organization (for example, in large organizations the need to hire someone to be in charge of an integrated system), and to ensure an analysis of the integration of the common elements to avoid an oversized system.
On the other hand, companies that do not have a management system in place, now have the opportunity to design a management manual for incorporating the three disciplines into company policy.
Thus, from a practical approach, the Master in Integrated Management: Environment, Quality and Prevention is ideal for companies that are in need of incorporating an integrated management system into their business philosophy to gain competitive advantage, while also seeking an optimization of existing resources.
Who is the programme for?
The proposed method and a clear and diverse curriculum makes the Master in Integrated Management: Environment, Quality and Prevention Program designed for university graduates with a bachelor’s degree who wish to receive training in occupational health and safety to improve their job prospects.
Upon satisfactory completion of the Program the degree in Master in Integrated Management: Environment, Quality and Prevention will be granted.
Diplomas will be awarded by the University where enrolled, with the approval of the Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER).
Estimated length of the Master in Integrated Management: Environment, Quality and Prevention program is 900 hours (90 credits).
Regarding time distribution it states that:
- Since it is a distance program and not subject to class attendance, there is no specific start date so the student can enroll at any time, provided there are spaces available.
- For academic reasons, the program has a minimum duration of one year.
- The maximum time available to complete the Program is two years. During this time, the student must have completed all assignments as well as the Final Project.
The credit structure for the Master in Integrated Management: Environment, Quality and Prevention is shown in the following table:
|1st Part: Environment||20||6||200|
|2nd Part: Quality||10||5||100|
|3rd Part: Occupational Risk Prevention||25||6||250|
|4th Part: Integrated Management||15||3||150|
|5th Part: Research Methods and Final Project||20||4||200|
a. The equivalent value of credits can differ according to the university granting the degree
b. Length in months
To train competent professionals to incorporate an integrated management system in the company that allows compliance with existing legislation as well as a gain in a number of competitive advantages.
- To learn a number of concepts related to waste management, liquid and gaseous effluent treatment, soil recovery and also how to adopt best practices needed in assessing important environmental aspects.
- To become familiar with the steps to follow in implementing an Integrated Management System (environment, quality and prevention), from the initial decision announced by management, to final audits and certifications.
- To learn how to draft templates for development of procedures relating to environmental and health safety, technical instructions and plans applicable to any company.
- To conduct an initial environmental assessment, identifying the nature, extent and value of the most important impacts.
- To become familiar with the common and specific basics of an integrated management system.
- To become aware of the “continuous improvement” commitment that a company acquires when implementing a management system.
- To learn helpful tips to create a successful Quality Management System that will pass an audit.
- To understand the need to integrate management of occupational risk prevention with other company management systems.
- To study the basic concepts used in security and techniques used in accident prevention.
- To know how to act in risk prevention, based on current methods or specifically those prior to accident:
- Risk assessment as an active technique.
- Types of risk assessments.
- General risk management methods.
- Measures to be taken after risk assessment.
- To study actions dedicated to identifying, evaluating and controlling chemical, physical and biological agents in the workplace that may cause illness.
- To examine common health problems caused in the workplace from an ergonomic point of view.
- To identify organizational factors that can affect workers´ health and welfare (physical, psychological and social) as well as job performance itself.
Some of the career opportunities for the Master in Integrated Management: Environment, Quality and Prevention Program are:
- Environmental, quality or occupational risk prevention independent consultant
- Environmental, quality and prevention organizational advisor
- Municipal technicians
The Master in Integrated Management: Environment, Quality and Prevention, has a curricular structure based on a five-part sequential training:
- 1st PART: ENVIRONMENT
The first five subjects of this part provide a general view of how different environmental factors (water, atmosphere, soil, etc.) affect business activities thereby preparing students to better understand the fundamental topic of this first part: implementation of an ISO 14001 environmental management system in the company.
The corresponding subjects and hours that make up the first part are shown in the following table:
|1st PART: ENVIRONMENT|
|1||Introduction to the Environment||10|
|2||Basic Waste Management||30|
|3||Water Management: Basic Principles||30|
|4||Atmospheric Contamination Treatment||20|
|5||Treatment of contaminated soils||10|
|6||Business ISO 14001 Environmental Management and Audits||100|
These subjects, despite being independent from each other, are self-sufficient and structured according to a consistent pedagogical sequence that facilitate their comprehension from simple to increasing complexity. Each subject is divided into basic thematic units or chapters, the contents of which include printed material to be studied in order to satisfactorily answer the tests.
- 2nd PART: QUALITY
This part consists of three subjects which deal about the implantation of a quality management system in a company, and about how to do it basing on the ISO 9001 standard and the audits
The corresponding subjects and hours that make up the second part are shown in the following table:
|2nd PART: QUALITY|
|1||Quality Management Systems||30|
|2||ISO 9001 Standards||40|
|3||Documentation Management and Auditing||30|
- 3rd PART: OCCUPATIONAL RISK PREVENTION
This part is where the foundations is established for a two-way correspondence between the most suitable work environment and health, work related illnesses, industrial hygiene, risks and the best techniques for controlling them. Also provided is in-depth detail of the process of implementing a safety management system and occupational health based on the ISO 45001 standard.
The corresponding chapters and hours that make up the third part are shown in the following table:
|3rd PART: OCCUPATIONAL RISK PREVENTION|
|1||Basics of Occupational Risk Prevention||20|
- 4th PART: INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT
Identification mechanisms of common elements to the three management systems are established in this part emphasizing unifying the supporting documentation.
The corresponding chapters and hours that make up the fourth part are shown in the following table:
|4th PART: INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT|
|2||Integrated Fanagement Fystems: Quality, Environment and Prevention||30|
|4||Management of Corporate Social Responsibility||40|
- 5th PART: RESEARCH METHODS AND FINAL PROJECT
Research Methods presents the research process and technique phases in order for the student to learn an approach to the scientific method in order to make contributions to their field of work. It also reviews some of the main tools that help test hypotheses by providing statistical support for the observations.
On the other hand, in order to obtain the Master in Integrated Management: Environment, Quality and Prevention, it is necessary to present and pass a Final Project. The objective is to present a comprehensive document, including the possibility of its practical implementation. It should be a contribution to the field or to related topics, both theoretical and applied.
|5th PART: RESEARCH METHODS AND FINAL PROJECT|
|1||Research Methods and Final Project||200|
Description of the Subjects
1st PART: ENVIRONMENT
- INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENT
It offers a view on sustainable development understand as a process which is oriented towards a balance between the economic, sociocultural and ecologic factors.
- BASIC CONCEPTS
- Environment Demography and environment Environment and development. Sustainability and resources. Innovative technologies. Environment management tools. Environment quality.
- SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
- Definition of sustainable development Agreements, treats and international politics related to sustainable development. The sustainable development challenges
- ANNEX: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
- Introduction. International regulations. Environmental stewardship in the European Union. Environmental stewardship in Latin America and the Caribbean. Environmental stewardship in the US.
- WATER MANAGEMENT: BASIC PRINCIPLES
Physicochemical and biological water purification treatments are identified, depending on the water’s characteristics, same as with the water’s most important uses, be they domestic, industrial and/or agricultural and finally, the water’s reuse possibilities are considered within the legislation in force.
- WATER MANAGEMENT AS A RESOURCE
- Introduction. The integral water cycle. The urban use of water. The industrial use of water. The agricultural use of water.
- WASTEWATER CHARACTERISTICS
- Introduction. Sample collection. Wastewater characteristics’ parameters. Water's quality. Dumping limits.
- PURIFICATION OF INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER
- Introduction. Pollution reduction’s agreements. Wastewater dumping. Industrial sectors. Urban wastewater purification’s process. Wastewater purification processes used by industries. Purification common schemes. Clean technologies. The best available technologies. Investment costs in treatment plants.
- INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER REUSE
- Introduction. Regulation on wastewater reuse. Pathogens and biological quality indicators of water. Advanced treatments for wastewaters’ regeneration and disinfection. The industrial uses of reused water. Water reuse-regeneration in the industrial sector. Other uses for reused water.
- ANNEX I: GOOD PRACTICES IN THE INDUSTRY
- Agro-food industry. Leather industry. Textile industry. Paper industry. Surface treatment industry. Chemical industry.
- ADDENDUM II: CASE STUDIES
- Agro-food industry. Leather industry. Textile industry. Paper industry. Surface treatment industry. Chemical industry.
- INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT FOUNDATIONS
It studies the legislation on integrated management solid waste management, waste minimization, industrial good. practices and associated environmental problems
- INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT OF SOLID WASTE
- Introduction. Subproduct and waste concepts Types of solid waste. Waste management. Waste recycling. Strategies of the European Union about the waste management.
- URBAN SOLID WASTE
- Introduction. Urban solid waste production. Urban solid waste production characteristics. Integrated management of urban solid waste. Toxic and hazardous urban solid waste management Future trends in urban solid waste management.
- INDUSTRIAL WASTE
- Introduction. Industrial waste management. Industrial waste’s characteristics. Industrial waste’s classification. Alternatives for industrial waste management. Industrial waste’s recycling. Packaging and packaging waste Trends in industrial waste management.
- CHEMICAL WASTE RECOVERY
- Introduction. Historical framework. Industrial ecology. Chemical waste origin. Recovery methods. Recovery’s feasibility study. Conclusions.
- AIR POLLUTION TREATMENT.
Prevention and control measures are suggested for industrial and transport air pollution emissions, in view of the Kyoto Protocol.
- AIR POLLUTION FOUNDATIONS.
- The atmosphere. Basic concepts about air pollution. The air pollutants effects
- POLLUTION SOURCES AND PROCESSES
- Introduction. Pollution sources Pollution processes
- AIR POLLUTION CONTROL
- Introduction. Purification systems for air polluted effluents. Air pollutants’ capturing.
- CONTAMINATED SOILS TREATMENT
The contaminated soil characteristics as a consequence of human activity are studied, along with the corrective and preventive measures oriented to their recovery.
- SOIL STUDY
- Definition of soil. Soil science. Soil horizons. Forming factors. Processing factors. Soil classification and mapping. Soil science's distribution worldwide.
- LAND DEGRADATION AND SOIL CONTAMINATION
- Introduction. Environmental factor, aspect and impact. Contaminated soil definition. Contaminated soil causes and effects.
- SOIL RECOVERY TECHNIQUES
- Introduction. Treatments for contamination’s containment or isolation. Treatments for the recovery of contaminated soils. Examples of soil recovery techniques. Contaminated soil prevention and assessment.
- THE COMPANY'S ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ISO 14001 AND AUDITING
Environmental Management Systems (EMS) are described as a tool, which aims to organize and formalize the procedures that the company makes when takes into account the environmental aspects in all its activities. In addition, the steps required for the implementation of this instrument of environmental management are set out in a didactic and clear way. This instrument is aimed at the environment protection and the reduction of the international trade barriers.
- COMPANY AND ENVIRONMENT
- Introduction. Environmental protection measures. Standardization.
- THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (EMS)
- Introduction. What is an EMS? What is it for and why is it implemented? Who can implement an EMS? Parties involved in an EMS implementation. How are they implanted? EMS election. Global balance of the ISO 14001 implementation.
- ISO 14001 STANDARD
- The ISO 14000 standards. Structure of the document ISO 14001. Definitions. Objectives and scope of the ISO 14001 standard. Basic principles of the ISO 14001 standard. Continuous improvement cycle. Implementation of the ISO 14001 standard. Review by Management. EMS’ certification according to the ISO 14001 standard.
- ISO 14001 EMS DOCUMENTATION
- Level I: Environmental management manual. Level II: Procedures. Level III: Instructions. Level IV: Registry. Documentation control.
- ENVIRONAMENTAL AUDITS
- Introduction. What is an environmental audit? Why to conduct an environmental audit? EA objectives. Audit EA. Types of EA. Who performs an EA? How is an EA done? Audit preparation phase. Execution phase. Information or report phase. Relations between the environmental audits and the environmental impact study. The audit in conformity with the ISO 14001.
- AUDIT MANUAL
- Audit general data. Facilities general data. Documents demanded by the Administration. Utilities. Water consumption and qualities. Atmospheric pollution. Waste waters. Wastes.
- CASE STUDIES
2nd PART: QUALITY
- QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Quality Management Systems Introduction. The ISO 9000 standards. The 8 principles of quality management. Quality models of excellence. Processes management and control. Differences between product standards and management systems. Implementation plan of Quality Management systems. Management systems for specific areas. Global balance of the ISO 9001 implementation. Implementation Calendar
- ISO 9001 STANDARD
Introduction. Quality Management System Management responsibility. Resources management Product realization Design and development Purchases Service production and provision Measurement and improvement analysis
- DOCUMENTATION MANAGEMENT AND AUDITING
Introduction. Good practices in documentation Documentation requirements for the ISO 9001 standard. Computerized documentation management. Certification process. After the ISO 9001 certification... Quality audit objectives. Standard ISO 19011. Audit principles. Audit program management. Audits activities Auditors competences and evaluation. Audit questionnaire.
3rd PART: OCCUPATIONAL RISK PREVENTION:
- FOUNDATIONS OF THE OCCUPATIONAL RISKS PREVENTION.
Some relevant concepts related to occupational risks prevention are made known, and so are the final consequences of accidents and occupational diseases and their effects on people and the business economy.
General concepts of work, health and working conditions. Assessment of the working conditions. Occupational risk concept. Prevention concept. Protection concept. Work incident: costs. Occupational disease. Errors when controlling incidents and diseases. Statistics foundations.
- JOB SECURITY
Security techniques. Risk assessment. Incidents’ investigation. Safety inspection. Notification and register. Statistics’ analysis. Regulations and signposting. Collective and individual protection. Workplaces. Fire prevention. Self-protection plan. Work teams. Chemical products. Electric risk.
Some key factors are provided which focus on the importance of preventing accidents at work and on enhancing job security as well.
- INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE
Its aim is to learn to identify, assess and control the environmental factors that may affect the worker’s health.
General aspects. Basic work toxicology. Chemical agents: environmental measurements and valuation criteria. Assessment of environmental exposure to chemical agents. Chemical agents: control and PPEs. Noise. Exposure to vibrations at the workplace. Thermal environment. Ionizing radiation. Optical radiations. Electromagnetic fields. Biological agents.
It studies the set of strategies that deal with the worker’s adequacy, adjustment and adaptation through the workplaces’ design.
Concepts and objectives. Indoor environment’s quality. Light at the workplace. Workplace’s design. Visual display units. Risks derived from a physical load at work. Manual handling of loads.
- APPLIED PSYCHOSOCIOLOGY
Internal and external pressures arising from the psychosocial or the risk factors are studied, and which are related to the mental workload at work.
Mental workload at work. Psychosocial factors. Motivation and satisfaction at work. Assessment method. Psychosocial intervention.
- ISO 45001
The active model and planning of the preventive activity is made known as a basic and critical element of any occupational risk prevention management model, instrumented in the ISO 45001:2018 standard, as well as the necessary documented information and audit requirements.
- THE ROLE OF PREVENTION IN THE COMPANY’S GLOBAL MANAGEMENT
- Background information. The reactive system of action. Elements of success of the active system of action. Integration of preventive activity. How is the integration of occupational risk prevention achieved? What is a management system for occupational risk prevention? Types of management models. Management responsibilities.
- PLANNING OF PREVENTIVE ACTIVITY IN THE COMPANY
- Introduction. Definition of preventive planning. Planning by objectives and rules of procedure. Aspects of the planning of preventive activities. General planning procedure.
- ISO 45001:2018 STANDARD
- Introduction. Background of the ISO 45001: 2018 standard. High-level structure: Annex SL. Main changes of ISO 45001: 2018 with respect to OHSAS 18001: 2007. Priorities in the implementation. Certification of the SST management system according to the standard. ISO 45001: 2018. Transition of the specification to the ISO 45001: 2018 standard.
- IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ISO 45001:2018 STANDARD
- Introduction. Object and field of application. Normative references. Terms and definitions. Context of the organization. Leadership and participation of workers. Planning. Support. Operation. Performance evaluation. Improvement.
- DOCUMENTED INFORMATION OF THE SST MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ACCORDING TO ISO 45001: 2018
- Introduction. Level I: occupational safety and health management manual (non-mandatory). Level II: procedures. Level III: instructions. Level IV: records. Control of documentation.
- LABOR RISK PREVENTION AUDIT
- General concepts about prevention audits. Principles of audit. Objectives of prevention audits. Types of audits in prevention of occupational risks. The audit process. Evaluation of the occupational risk prevention audit. Necessary requirements to carry out an audit of occupational risk prevention.
4th PART: INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT
- THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
This chapter begins with the philosophical change of the business management in comparison to the one existing some years ago, then continues with a review of the most important concepts which were previously studied and which will serve as a ground for facing the next chapters. In this sense, this chapter deals with the topic in a different way, that is to say, quality as a product, work and environmental quality.
The paradigm shift in business management. Quality management system. Business excellence. Quality at the workplace. Environmental quality.
- INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS: QUALITY, ENVIRONMENT AND PREVENTION.
This chapter provides the basics on the integration of management systems: quality, environment and occupational risk prevention, providing ideas on the implications of organizational behavior in reference to the integration and, in turn, of the integration project on the human factor.
Definition of an integrated management system. Integrated management systems’ background. Integrated management systems’ justification. Basic considerations regarding systems’ integration. Stages in the implementation of an integrated management system. Documentation of the integrated management system. Agents engaged in systems’ integration. Integrated management systems’ elements. Integrated systems’ advantages. Integration levels.
- INTEGRATION MODELS
This chapter explains the most relevant integration initiatives based on a single standard, the models based on normalized standards and their equivalents, and finally describes the most accepted formula nowadays, that is the process-based management.
Introduction. Integration through a single standard. Integration through management systems based on standards. Integration through process-based management systems.
- CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY’S MANAGEMENT
This chapter deals with a new business management tool, which will have a greater future preponderance: corporate social responsibility. Its concepts, models and management tools are explained. At the same time, foundations for its success within the company are set. Lastly, a section within this chapter speaks about business management and SMEs.
The responsible company’s paradigm. Corporate social responsibility management’s models. CSR’s management tools. Integrated management of the corporate social responsibility management Business management and SMEs.
- CASE STUDY: INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN RECICOIL LTD.
A case study is developed, which deals with the processed-based management of quality management systems, environment and occupational risk prevention within a recycling used oil company.
Introduction. Recycling plant’s description and operation. Approach by processes. System’s documentation. Management’s responsibility. Resources’ management. Processes’ management. Measurement and improvement analysis
5th PART: INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT
Lastly, the Scientific Research Methods and the Master’s Degree Final Project are the practical implementation of what the student has been learning.
The Scientific Research Methods subject (5 credits) presents the research process’ stages and its techniques, with the aim of that the student can get a closer look on the scientific method to be able to use it in order to contribute with some work to the applicable working field.
The last part is aimed at the Master’s Degree Final Project (15 credits). It is a research project about some of the topics which may be of interest to the student and which need to be related to the Integrated Management Master’s Degree: Environment, Quality and Prevention. The work must be a contribution to some of the studied fields or related to any of them, in a theoretical or practical way, in accordance with the associated doctrines, theories and disciplines.
Note: The contents of the academic program may be subject to slight modifications, depending on the updates or the improvements made.
- Dr. Eduardo Garcia Villena. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communications from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Academic Director for the Environment Area at the Ibero-american University Foundation
- Dr. Víctor Jiménez Argüelles. PhD in Project Engineering: Environment, Security, Quality and Communication at Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña. Master’s Degree in Engineering at UNAM (Mexico City) and Professor specialized in occupational risk preventions in the industrial sector.
Teaching staff and Authors
- Dra. José María Redondo Vega. Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Leon.
- Dra. Cristina Hidalgo González. Doctor in Quality Control. Business Administration from the University of Leon. Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Leon.
- Dr. Víctor Jiménez. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communications from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Professor at the Ibero-american International University.
- Dra. Izel Marez. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communications from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Professor at the Ibero-american International University.
- Dra. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Civil Industrial Engineer Head of Projects at the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Chile.
- Dra (c). Lina Pulgarín Osorio. Doctorate in Projects from the Iberaoamerican International University (in process). Master in Integrated Management: Prevention, Environment and Quality from the Polytechnic University in Catalonia. Program Coordinator and FUNIBER professor.
- Dra (c). Carmen Lilí Rodríguez Velasco. Doctorate in Education from the Ibero-american International University (in process). Master in Occupational and Organizational Psychology from the University of Havana, Cuba. Academic Coordinator of the International Management Development Area, Business Organization and Human Resources and FUNIBER professor.
- Dr (c). Diego J. Kurtz. Doctorate in Engineering and Knowledge Management from the PPGEGC – UFSC (in process). Master in International Business – Weisbaden Business School, Germany. Researcher in the Core Management for Sustainability (www.ngs.ufsc.br) and Junior Researcher of the Dynamic SME Project (www.dynamic-sme.org). Program Coordinator and FUNIBER professor.
- Ms. María Eugenia Luna Borgaro. Master in Human Resources and Knowledge Management from the University of Leon, Spain. Expert on Human Resource Management and Management Skills. FUNIBER professor.
- Ms. Vanessa Yélamos. Degree in Psychology (Universidad de Barcelona). Master’s Degree in Systemic Coaching (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) and Master’s Degree in Integral Coaching (Instituto Superior de Coaching de Barcelona). Professor at Iberoamerican University Foundation.
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