Journal of Environment and Safety
Online ISSN : 2186-3725
Print ISSN : 1884-4375
ISSN-L : 1884-4375
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Health and safety patrol in universities
Yasushi OkuboReiko KurodaKenya Yamamoto
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2014 Volume 5 Issue 3 Pages 169-175

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A patrolling is one of the fundamental activities for health and safety management. The implementation of the patrol in universities has gone unnoticed by most people; however, its significance has increased as health and safety management in universities has advanced. The purpose of the patrol is to prevent accidents by identifying the risks in laboratories and conducting countermeasures. Also, "confirmation of compliance with laws and regulations and policies", " increases in consciousness and communication", and "evaluation of the safety level and horizontal development of good practices” are required by the patrol. The management system for the patrol requires reports to the administrator on the findings and confirmation of proper countermeasures being taken according to those findings. As practical knowledge and skills are required in the persons who are charged with the patrol, an education program is necessary. In fact, changing the contents of the patrol according to the status of laboratories and the university is desirable, and also how to present the findings must be determined. It is generally considered that the patrol has been implemented in most of universities, but the actual situation is unclear. In future, evaluation of the effectiveness and standardization of the patrolling method is required. The relevant issues are the development an information system for sharing good practices and the associated tools such as a database, checklists, and other information.

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