Master in Integrated Management: Environment, Quality and Prevention

Program Presentation

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 separate management systems 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 the OHSAS 18001 standard (soon to be ISO 45001), and, more recently, the ISO 9001 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.

Diploma

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).

Program Structure

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:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
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
TOTAL 90 24 900

a. The equivalent value of credits can differ according to the university granting the degree
b. Length in months

Objectives

General objective:

  • 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.

Specific objectives:

  • 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.

Career Opportunities

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.
  • Teaching.

Study Plan

The Master in Integrated Management: Environment, Quality and Prevention, has a curricular structure based on a five-part sequential training:

  • 1st Part: Environment (200 hours)

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:

SUBJECTS HOURS
Introduction to the Environment 10
Basic Waste Management 30
Water Management: Basic Principles 30
Atmospheric Contamination Treatment 20
Treatment of contaminated soils 10
Business ISO 14001 Environmental Management and Audits 100
CASE STUDIES
TOTAL 200

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:

SUBJECTS HOURS
Quality Management Systems 30
ISO 9001 standards 40
Documentation management and auditing 30
TOTAL 100
  • 3rd Part: Occupational Risk Prevention (250 hours)

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 OHSAS 18001 standard.

The corresponding chapters and hours that make up the third part are shown in the following table:

CHAPTERS HOURS
Basics of occupational risk prevention 20
Work safety 40
Industrial hygiene 60
Ergonomics 30
Applied psycho-sociology 20
OHSAS 18001 and Auditing 80
TOTAL 250
  • 4th Part: Integrated Management (150 hours)

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:

CHAPTERS HOURS
Theoretic framework 20
Integrated management systems: quality, environment and prevention 30
Integration models 30
Management of corporate social responsibility 40
Case studies 30
TOTAL 150
  • 5th Part: Research Methods and Final Project (200 hours)

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.

# ASIGNATURAS HORAS
1 Research Methods and Final Project 200

Description of the Subjects

1st Part: ENVIRONMENT

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. ERGONOMY

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. OHSAS 18001 AND AUDITING

    It provides with the knowledge and skills necessary to set up an occupational risk prevention management system based on the OHSAS 18001 at any kind of enterprise.

    THE OHSAS 18001 STANDARD.
    Introduction. The OHSAS 18000 standards. SSMS’ management and assessment rules. OHSAS 18001’s standard structure. Transition of the specification to the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard. Definitions. Objectives and scope of the OHSAS18001 standard. Continuous improvement cycle. Risks’ integral management.
    IMPLEMENTATION OF THE OHSAS 18001 STANDARD.
    Introduction. General requirements. Health and safety policy. Planning. Implementation and operation. Verification. Review by management. Certification of the health and security system at work.
    DOCUMENTATION RELATED TO THE HEALTH AND SECURITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AT WORK OHSAS 18001
    Management manual. Procedures. Instructions. Registry Documentation control.
    OCCUPATIONAL RISK PREVENTION AUDIT
    Introduction. General concepts related with prevention audits. Prevention audit’s objectives. Audit types and planning.

4th PART: INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Management

  • 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. José Ulises Rodríguez Barboza. Doctor in Project Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. Professor at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences. Professor at the Ibero-american International University, FUNIBER.

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.
  • Dr. José Ulises Rodríguez Barboza. Doctor in Project Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. Professor at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences. FUNIBER professor.
  • 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.
  • Dra (c). Diana Patricia Cortés Díaz. Doctorate in Projects from the Ibero-american International University (in process). Master in Human Resources and Knowledge Management from the University of Leon, Spain. Consultant specializing in Labor Law and Social Security. 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.

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