Identifying possible occupational risks is a critical task for higher education institutions in order to avoid environmental health hazards and infrastructure damage, for which implementing prevention and mitigation measures becomes a priority.
For this reason, the UANL Office of the Vice President for Sustainable Development, assisted by the Department of Environmental Management and Operational Safety initiated in 2014 a technical inspection program in 26 undergraduate schools and 29 high schools for purposes of environmental and operational safety examination. The Department of Environmental Management and Operational Safety carried out these inspections.
Technical inspections included the following aspects:
- Safe handling and storage of chemicals
- Waste management program (chemical and biological waste) urban waste, and special handling waste.
- Safety signs
- Contingency plan.
- Extinguisher inspection.
- Evacuation routes , emergency exits, and assembly points.
With the information gathered, detailed reports were prepared which contain applicable recommendations for each of the items reviewed, as well as the environmental regulations applicable in each case. These reports are delivered to all the Directors of the agencies visited, with the certainty that this represents a basis to establish measures for the prevention of damage to the environment and / or the facilities, as well as the minimization of accidents in the work areas, thus contributing to the health and physical integrity of students and academic and administrative staff.
During 2017, 33 diagnostic visits (1st time) and 41 follow-up visits were carried out.
With all the above, the UANL through the Sustainability Secretariat aware of the commitment that we as university students have in the care of the environment, promotes the environmental management program promoting sustainable practices with which it has benefited more than 200,000 members of the university community
During the year 2017, important progress was made in each and every one of the units visited, as shown in the following graph:
Within the progress reported by the dependencies, regarding the recommendations made to them in the reports, it has been possible to verify the elaboration of the contingency plan, storage, identification and correct handling of the chemical substances, as well as the implementation of a program of management and waste management, according to the needs of each unit and compliance with the installation of the corresponding safety signs.