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Environmental Safety and Health

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KEITI manages the safety of household chemicals and evaluates their risks so that these chemicals can be safely used.

Household Chemicals Risk Assessment and Safety Standards

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No. of household chemical products inspected
  • Inspect all ingredients used in household chemicals
  • Strengthen risk assessment and safety management of household chemicals
  • Build a foundation for product management system transformation
  • Q&As about policies on risk concerned household chemicals

Certification and Monitoring for Compliance of Risk Concerned Household Chemicals

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Strengthened safety management over household
chemical products & biocides

• A safety inspection was conducted on household chemical products & biocides (1,533EA)
• Monitoring on compliance with the labelling standards was strengthened (market monitoring group).

  • Receive reports on safety standard compliance of risk concerned household chemicals and issue certificates
  • Support businesses dealing with risk concerned household chemicals in implementing relevant safety systems

Inspection of Risk Concerned Household Chemicals

  • Monitor the market to check whether label standards are met for these chemicals in order to fulfill consumer’s right to know
  • Receive reports and notifications of products that violate safety labeling standards
  • Responsible for signing Voluntary Agreement on Safety Management of Household Chemicals in order to disclose the entire list of ingredients used in household chemicals and to allow for manufacturing and sale of “safer household chemicals”
  • Offer financial support for safety standard compliance check test and inspection as well as customized consulting to SMEs in implementing the safety system

Biocides Management Program

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No. of people compensated for damages  caused by humidifier disinfectants
  • Offer customized consulting services to SMEs on getting biocides approved and support in drafting approval papers so that they can implement biocide safety management system
  • Build and operate a permanent industrial support system
  • Undertake priority safety inspection for biocides that are used in daily lives and develop a safety management plan

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KEITI runs a relief system for those suffering damage from humidifier disinfectants, asbestos and environmental pollution.

Humidifier Disinfectant Damage Relief Program

  • Operate a relief system to help those who lost their lives as well as the bereaved family members or those who have suffered health issues due to the use of humidifier disinfects containing chemicals declared toxic

Environmental Pollution Damage Relief Program

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Relief system for victims of environmental pollutiond
  • A system that offers relief payments for any damages that cost someone’s life, caused bodily harm or financial loss due to an establishment and operation of an environmental facility

Asbestos Damage Relief

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No. of beneficiaries receiving medical support for environmental diseases
  • Operate a system that offers relief payments to those who suffered bodily harm due to asbestos exposure in the environment or the bereaved family members
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KEITI supports improvement of environmental health and welfare for socially-vulnerable people.

Environmental Health and Safety Management for Children

  • Supervise compliance of environmental safety management standards in children’s activity zones, such as elementary schools, kindergarten and daycare centers, jointly with local governments and offices of education and offer support for inspection
    • Look into local governments and education offices’ demand for supervision and inspection of these places and work together with officials in charge at relevant local governments and education offices for inspection
    • Improve indoor environment and monitor some facilities that were found to be inadequate in their compliance with environmental safety management standards after the inspection
  • Issue Certification of Environmental Safety of Children’s Activity Zones (daycare centers and kindergarten)
    • Evaluate whether a facility that has applied for the certificate is eligible* to receive Certification of Environmental Safety of Children’s Activity Zones (application reviews and on-site inspection) and issue certificates after deliberation by the Certificate Deliberation Committee
    • * Compliance with the Environmental Safety Management Standards under the Environmental Health Act and the Mandatory Standards for Maintaining Indoor Air Quality, etc. under the Indoor Air Quality Control Act; whether the facility falls under the definition of asbestos building under Asbestos Safety Management Act, and whether there has been an administrative disposition by relevant acts

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    The number of children’s activity zones with Certificates of Environmental Safety
    Type Total 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
    Certified facilities 2,315 35* 450 486 453 456 435

    * Daycare center within the KEITI

  • Look into safety management of environmental risk factors in children’s products and operate a market monitoring group
    • Purchase and analyze children’s products currently in the market to see whether the products comply with the standards applicable to the materials used and prohibit distribution of products that violate these standards
    • Monitor whether products that received an administrative disposition are being sold on the market again and inspect new types of products, such as slimes, with the help of the market monitoring group, appointed by the Ministry of Environment
  • Support manufacturers of children’s products in self monitoring
    • Analyze materials used in children’s products and offer customized services to the manufacturers of these products to help them develop and implement a self-monitoring plan* so that they can voluntarily manage and reduce environmental risk factors
    * Help manufacturers develop the plan to reduce and control environmental risk factors that could arise in the process of manufacturing/importing children’s products by building a database on environmental risk factors, raw materials used and manufacturing processes

Environmental Disease Prevention for the Vulnerable Groups

  • Analyze and offer consulting services on indoor environmental risk factors to the vulnerable classes
    • Select vulnerable households, senior activity zones and welfare centers and measure and analyze a total of 7 indoor environmental risk factors*
    • * Fine dust (PM-10, PM-2.5), fungi, CO2, TVOC, HCHO, dust mites, etc.
    • Explain how to reduce and control each indoor environmental risk factor, draft an analysis report and explain the report in detail, after which the ways to control these risk factors are to be explained again
  • Support renovation to improve indoor environment for households that require immediate improvement in indoor environment
    • After completing indoor environment analysis and consulting, select a few households (facilities) that require immediate assistance/improvement and renovate the houses
  • Support treatment of patients suffering from environmental diseases
    • Work together with environmental health centers and medical centers to offer free treatment and examination to children, youth and seniors suffering from environmental diseases