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In any workplace including higher education institutions it is important to identify the risks that may be present in the work areas to avoid damage to the environment and health, as well as to the infrastructure, being inescapable to implement prevention measures and / or minimization of said risks.

In this regard, since June 2014, the UANL Secretariat of Sustainability through the Directorate of Environmental Management and Operational Safety, initiated a series of technical visits to the 26 faculties and 29 high schools located in the different campuses within and outside the Metropolitan Area of ​​Monterrey, with the objective of reviewing aspects of the environment and operational safety and being carried out through the personnel assigned to the Directorate of Environmental Management and Operational Safety.

The most relevant points that are considered in the inspections are:

  • Storage and proper handling of chemical substances.
  • Management and management of hazardous waste (chemical and / or biological-infectious), urban waste and special handling waste.
  • Signs and safety pictograms.
  • Contingency Plan.
  • Type, quantity and location of fire extinguishers.
  • Evacuation routes, emergency exits, meeting points.

With the information collected, detailed reports were prepared which contain applicable recommendations for each of the items reviewed, as well as the applicable environmental regulations in each case. These reports are delivered to all the Directors of the units visited, being certain that this represents a basis for establishing measures for the prevention of damage to the environment and / or facilities, as well as the minimization of accidents in the work areas, contributing in this way to the health care and physical integrity of students and academic and administrative staff.

With respect to 2017 until June 2018, 44 diagnostic visits and 73 follow-up visits have been carried out.

With all the above, the UANL, through the Ministry of Sustainability, aware of the commitment that we as university students have in the care of the environment, promotes the environmental management program promoting sustainable practices, which has benefited more than 200,000 members of the university community.

During 2017, important advances were made in each and every one of the units visited as shown in the following graph:

Among the advances reported by the units, regarding the recommendations made to them in the reports, it has been possible to verify the development of the contingency plan, storage, identification and correct management of chemical substances, as well as the implementation of a program of waste management and management, according to the needs of each unit and compliance with the installation of the corresponding safety signs.