2010 Volume 1 Issue 1 Pages 1_35-1_42
When using chemicals, it is important for users to obtain such information of chemicals as potential hazards, toxicities and legal regulations. However, the users in Japanese educational research institutes, particularly in universities, do not necessarily have sufficient knowledge and recognition of chemical risks and related information.
A survey of researchers and students who use chemicals suggested that a single page-view for a chemical substance which includes quantitative expression of hazard and toxicity information with such practical information as accident examples and management guidelines would be effective for users to aid self-management and to raise awareness of chemical risks. In this paper, we propose a summarized information database of chemicals in web-page format, the features of which are 1) minimal amount of toxicity information of chemicals that users should recognize, 2) a radar chart system for visualization of chemical risks, and 3) pragmatic information for the usage and the management of chemicals. This database is expected to help better and effective understanding of the chemical risks as an educational tool for the users of chemical substances in research institutes.