The need for a simplified approach to the development and implementation of management systems is described. The potential benefit to be derived from a set of core organizational and management competencies is outlined. The systems approach and competencies are designed to actively eradicate or minimize the latent or potential causes of operational loss, such as service failures, environmental incidents, and accidents.

This paper discusses the reasoning for adopting an integrated approach to management systems for regulatory compliance, health, environment, quality, and safety. It describes the derivation and development of a "principle" based management process that encompasses the planning, implementation and execution of change and continuous improvement.

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