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Kauppila, Osmo; Härkönen, Janne; Väyrynen, Seppo (2015) Integrated HSEQ management systems : developments and trends. International Journal for Quality Research, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 231-242.

Integrated HSEQ management systems : developments and trends

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Author: Kauppila, Osmo1; Härkönen, Janne1; Väyrynen, Seppo1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: University of Kragujevac, 2015
Publish Date: 2021-02-01


The integration of health and safety, environmental and quality (HSEQ) management systems has become a current topic in the 21st century, as the need for systems thinking has grown along with the number of management system standards. This study aims to map current developments and trends in integrated HSEQ management. Three viewpoints are taken: the current state of the main HSEQ management standards, research literature on integrated management systems (IMS), and a case study of an industry-led HSEQ cluster in Northern Finland. The results demonstrate that some of the most prominent current trends are the harmonization of the high level structure of management systems by ISO, the evaluation of IMS, accounting for the supply chain in HSEQ issues, and sustainability and risk management. The results of the study can be used by practitioners to get a view of the current state of HSEQ management systems and their integration, and by researchers to seek out potential directions for HSEQ and IMS related research.

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Series: International journal for quality research
ISSN: 1800-6450
ISSN-E: 1800-7473
ISSN-L: 1800-6450
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Pages: 231 - 242
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Copyright information: © 2015 International Association for Quality Research. CC-BY-NC 4.0.