2016 Volume 7 Issue 3 Pages 175-185
As a staff for the management of chemical substances, we often say simply “Operation of our chemicals management system doesn't work well”, but it seems to be caused by different reasons such as the computer system itself, master database tables, the management structure, the operational structure, and so on. In fact, discussions about issues in operating chemicals management systems have continuously been made for the past decade. Unfortunately, however, the discussions have always been done without appropriate classification or organization of the issues. Thus, we still do not share useful information to solve the problems, and most institutions struggle to improve the operation of their systems. First, this paper surveys the development of operation of chemicals management systems in Japanese academic institutions. Then, the paper describes our finding that the various issues that the chemicals management staff has can be well-organized based on relationships between “management of chemicals” and “operation of chemicals management systems”. Namely, we found that the highest concept is “management of chemicals” and that organization of the problems should never be achieved without locating “operation of chemicals management systems” as a subordinate concept below the highest concept “management of chemicals”. Finally, an overview of “Chemicals Management Systems Diagnosis Map”, which we have developed as a tool to achieve “MIERUKA (visualization)” of the organized problems and their relationships, and how to use of the diagnosis map is described.