Harmonisation of an environmental health and safety management system

  • Carla Sofia Gaspar Nunes

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy


    Management systems are a business powerful tool when efficiently monitored and continuously improved. 
    This project focused on the improvement of the existing Environment, Health and Safety Management System (EH&SMS) at Siemens Magnet Technology with the aim to improve the EH&SMS by reviewing and harmonising its documentation and procedures with the existing documentation and procedures from Siemens Healthcare in Germany. This project was developed taking in consideration the company’s requirements and the relevance of the topic. 
    In order to have the implemented changes in place, the standards and schemes related to environment, health and safety management systems were consulted and the implementation of new changes followed the requirements set in the relevant standards and schemes. The international BS ISO 14001:2004 and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 set out the framework to properly build an effective revision and implementation of the improved EH&SMS. 
    An initial combined EH&S internal audit took place to identify the strengths and areas for improvement, the efficiency of the MS and how well the environment health and safety aspects were covered in the current MS. The audit allowed a deep analysis in each process part of the MS which determined the effectiveness of the implementation of SMT EH&S standards. 
    For the purpose of document control, SAP EDM system was used to store all the procedures and documentation. It was understood that, by inserting all the documentation under one common area, it allowed different business units to consult the EH&S documents and procedures regardless their location enabling a transparent and quicker approach whenever there is an environment, health and safety related topic in the company’s agenda. 
    This project found that, by following the requirements set in the international standards mentioned and improving the communication while implementing a new change, employees will increasingly engage and feel motivated to participate. Employees were involved in different stages of the project, leading to an increase of the interest in the EH&S areas and a wider understanding of the benefits from an intuitive MS.
    Date of Award2013
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Coventry University
    • Buckinghamshire New University
    SupervisorTim Coole (Supervisor)


    • Industrial safety
    • Health risk communication

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