Gdańsk University of Technology: Implementation of a chemical and hazardous waste management sytem in higher education and research

Case study
Polsko
English
2018

Popis

The Gdańsk University of Technology wanted to improve chemical safety for its employees and students by aligning procedures with current legal norms and adapting them to the requirements of the European Union. The main goal of this initiative was to introduce a comprehensive system for the management of hazardous substances and preparations and hazardous waste (SYGOS — Chemical and Hazardous Waste Management System in Higher Education and Research) at Gdańsk University in cooperation with other universities in Poland.

The implementation of the SYGOS programme at Gdańsk University, and in particular in the Department of Chemistry, has led to:

  • greater experience in dealing with chemicals and waste;
  • the fulfilment and anticipation of the legal requirements of Poland and the European Union;
  • the development of a system for proper, modern collection and sorting of chemical waste, a selective collection system for other waste at the Gdańsk University, and the integration of those systems with the municipal waste collection system;
  • the assessment of reagent stocks in individual departments and of technical conditions and equipment in the department’s storage areas;
  • the removal of unsuitable reagents;
  • the implementation of a computerised system for recording and labelling chemical substances used in laboratories.

Other data

Sector / Industry covered: 
Vědecký výzkum a vývoj
Provider: 
GDAŃSK UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Tasks covered: 
Handling Chemicals
Other
Biological hazard: 
Microbiological hazards (Microorganism)
Biochemical hazards
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Fibres
Gases
Liquids
Nanoparticles (airborne liquids/solids including smoke or mist)
Solids
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Skin sensitisers
Carcinogens
Irritants
Toxic substances
Fire and explosion
Exposure route: 
Dermal contact
Inhalation
Substance Description: 

Chemicals used in research and science

Prevention measures: 
Other
Purpose of the material: 
Awareness raising
Guidance
Other
Target group: 
Researchers
Safety officers
Other

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