Kenichi Togawa
Professor of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Law)
Director of the Environmental Safety Center (concurrent)

The Kumamoto University Environment and Safety Center will make a brand new start with a new structure on July 1, 2017.

Until recently, the center has been carrying out various environmental conservation and safety management activities at Kumamoto University unassisted. However, from now on, the Central Safety and Health Committee and the Facilities and Environmental Committee will work closely together to promote research, education, and support of duties related to the pillars of safety management: campus environmental management, and chemical substance management.
The two main features of this fresh start include:

First, making good use of concurrent instructors. Until now, a single full-time faculty member has conducted center operations with the support of the Facility Management Section Safety and Sanitation Management Team. But that system has its limits. Therefore, from now on, university teachers who are deeply conscious of multiple environmental problems and safety management, including myself, the center director, will serve concurrently as faculty staff and will add our support to the development of Kumamoto University's environmental and safety research and education activities. Although we may not achieve immediate results, improving environmental and safety awareness in future university students is an essential task. Our goal is to enhance the research and educational environment with the help of concurrent faculty members.

The second is the establishment of an Environmental Support Measures and Safety Support Office. To improve the efficiency of Administrative Department's support of the center's work, we've come up with a new system that will strengthen cooperation with faculty members and allow us to provide detailed services along with clerical and technical staff.

In addition to being a joint education and research institution within the university, the center will continue to devote more efforts to support Kumamoto University environmental and safety management. First, take a look at our new website and be sure to understand the center's activities and give us your frank opinions.

Thanks for your continued support of the Environmental Safety Center.

July 1, 2017.
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