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Environment and Safety Guideline (2015)

 We have revised the 9th edition of Environment and Safety Guideline (2005) and here we publish the 10th edition. In this revision, we have made a complete renewal of the contents to issue the Guideline in two separate volumes.

 In the 9th and earlier editions, emphasis was put on the management of laboratory safety and the control of wastes and drainage. Since the transformation of the University of Tokyo into the national university corporation in April 2004 the management system of environment and safety in the University of Tokyo has been developed and expanded, and currently the system is in an almost stable condition. In the meantime, the sense of the “management of environment and safety” has changed from a narrow meaning of “not to cause environmental pollutions due to one’s conduct” to a broader meaning that also includes “safety of both oneself and other people (outside the organization) through continuous improvement of the workplace environment.” In this 10th edition, as the first step of establishing the guideline of environment and safety management in the aforementioned broader sense, we summarized the overview of the management of environment and safety in Part I and the information concerning waste management in Part II.

 Part I “Basics and Management” describes fundamental information on the management of environment and safety in the University of Tokyo. Chapters 1, 2, 4, and 5 should be read and understood by all the members of the University of Tokyo regardless of whether one is engaged in experimental work or not. Chapter 3 needs to be read through and referred to by those who are more or less in the managerial position in an educational, research, administrative, or technical group. Those who are engaged in experimental work and who are in charge of their management should read and understand Chapters 6 and 7 irrespective of type of their experiment, and in addition, they should fully understand the contents of corresponding parts in Chapters 8 to 11 depending on the material and subject of their experiment.

 Part II “Waste Handling” explains the handing of wastes in detail, which is the most basic matter for the environmental conservation. The contents of Chapters 1 to 3 need to be understood by the entire members of the University of Tokyo. Those who are engaged in experimental work should read Chapter 4 and understand the contents well because this chapter describes the basic handling manner of experimental wastes that can possess various hazards. Additionally, Chapter 5 concretely describes the way to dispose of chemically hazardous wastes that are generated frequently in a large volume. Therefore, those who generate chemically hazardous wastes (mainly the wastes generated in experiments using chemical reagents) must fully understand the contents of this chapter and follow the prescribed rules correctly. Those who conduct experiments using living things (microorganisms, animals, and plants) should understand the contents of Chapter 6 well. Chapter 7 describes the handling of wastes in medical institutions such as the university hospitals. Chapter 8 explains the handling rules of wastes generated in the facilities remote from major campuses and in joint use facilities outside the University of Tokyo.

 After the drastic revision of the Guideline into separate volumes, we suppose there still remains much room for improvements. Please send us your comments. We would like to reflect your opinions in subsequent revisions. Finally we hope that this Guideline is fully utilized by the members of the University of Tokyo.

March 2015
 Masanori Owari
 General Manager of Environmental Management Office,
 Division for Environment, Health and Safety,
 The University of Tokyo

part1  Part I “Basics and Management” part2  Part II “Waste Handling”

Chapter 1 Philosophy of Environmental Safety
Chapter 2 Management System of Environment, Health and Safety in UTokyo
Chapter 3 Regulations Related to Environmental Safety at the University
Chapter 4 Approach of UTokyo to the Environmental Conservation
Chapter 5 Current State of Safety at UTokyo
Chapter 6 Fundamentals of Experimental Safety
Chapter 7 Laboratory Safety
Chapter 8 Safe Handling of Chemical Substances
Chapter 9 Safe Handling of High Pressure Gas
Chapter 10 Safe Handling of Radiation and Radioactive Isotopes
Chapter 11 Biosafety of Biological Experiments

Chapter 1 Fundamental Principles for Waste Management at UTokyo
Chapter 2 Classification of Wastes at UTokyo
Chapter 3 Daily-life Wastes
Chapter 4 Handling of Laboratory Wastes
Chapter 5 Collection and Disposal of Chemically Hazardous Waste
Chapter 6 Handling of Waste Material from Biological Experiments
Chapter 7 Handling of Medical Waste Materials at the Hospitals Affiliated with UTokyo
Chapter 8 Handling Waste Materials at the Remote Facilities and Shared Use Facilitie

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