Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 22 | ARTICLE

Title: THE NEED FOR AN INTEGRATING STANDARD FOR QUALITY, ENVIRONMENT AND SECURITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AFTER THE ANNEX SL - CASE STUDY OF COMPANIES IN THE CENTRAL REGION

Author: Ana Serralheiro (anasantosserralheiro@gmail.com)* Georgina Morais (mmorais@iscac.pt)** Alexandre Silva (asilva@iscac.pt)***
* Coimbra Business School – ISCAC ** Coimbra Business School - ISCAC *** Coimbra Business School - ISCAC
Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 22

Abstract:
The aim of this research is to assess the openness of companies for a certifiable single standard for integrated quality, environmental and safety management systems (IQESMS). An empirical study was conducted, which consisted of an exploratory analysis using a questionnaire to the companies of the industrial sector in the central region of Portugal, with at least the Quality Management System certified. The data obtained, treated and analyzed indicated a higher number of companies (59%) that consider that the existence of a certifiable single standard for IQESMS would facilitate the implementation. However, there are no statistically significant differences among the opinions, which means that companies do not explicitly consider an integrating standard to be necessary. On the other hand, it is evident on the part of those companies which consider the existence of the certifiable single standard as positive, that there is a motivation for the certification of IQESMS. However, it is important to continue the research, in particular as in what the extension of the sample is concerned.

Keywords: certification, integrative standard, IQESMS




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