Defining the Interrelationship between Safety and Quality Management Systems

Nektarios Karanikas

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The evolution of quality management from a mere technical inspection requirement for a holistic management, addressing the quality control and quality assurance processes, lead to the formulation of general principles that have become universal and can be applied in every management system. The fundamental quality Plan – Do – Act – Review cycle has been the basis for any team or individual activity that seeks continuous improvement and sustainability achievement. Safety management also has become an area of high concern since it is tightly related to the integrity of organizational resources, including human, equipment – infrastructure and the environment, and the avoidance of adverse implications for the society and the business, the latter potentially threatening the organizational sustenance. Despite these two management systems common philosophies, they are based on individual guidance and standards published by international organizations, and they have not been aligned in a common approach so far. The current review through the discussion of quality and safety management fundamentals, of the references regarding their possible integration and of the experience accumulated until now regarding such integration incentives and practices intends to comprise stimuli for organizations that seek to search the quality and safety managementsinduction under a common policy and to motivate the relevant agencies and authorities towards issuing specific and distinct advice on the subject.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-60
JournalThe International Journal of Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


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