Full-text resources of CEJSH and other databases are now available in the new Library of Science.
Visit https://bibliotekanauki.pl


2016 | 3 | 179-188

Article title

Students’ Awareness of Chemical Risk on a Mexican Campus: The University of Sonora case study


Title variants

Languages of publication



Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a powerful mean to promotes sustainable development. A decade ago, the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) promoted this concept to support the creation of a more sustainable future. In 2015, the United Nations launched The Global Action Programme (GAP) to promote the EDS at all levels and in all settings. The University of Sonora in Northwestern Mexico has been engaged in greening its campus by a Sustainability Management System (SMS), which is based on the ISO 14001 international standard. This article is aimed at measuring the awareness of students about safety in chemistry laboratories at the University of Sonora. Despite of being the first university to be ISO 14001 certified in Latin America, findings in this study show that most of the students at the University of Sonora are unaware of key topics of the institutional sustainability management system. Particularly, students are unaware of internal practices for increasing safety in laboratories. A better awareness of the environmental policy and benefits of safety issues among students could be a positive indicator of the relevance of the SMS for increasing the safety within laboratories.






Physical description




  • University of Sonora
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of Sonora
  • University of Sonora


  • Alshuwaikhat H., Abubakar I. (2008), An integrated approach to achieving campus sustainability: assessment of the current campus environmental management practices, “Journal of Cleaner Production”, vol. 6, pp. 1777-1785.
  • Beynaghi A., Trencher G., Moztarzadeh F., Mozafari M., Maknoon R., Leal Filho W. (2016), Future sustainability scenarios for universities: moving beyond the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, “Journal of Cleaner Production”, vol. 112, pp. 3464-3478.
  • Casadesus M., Marimon F., Heras I. (2008), ISO 14001 diffusion after the success of the ISO 9001 model, “Journal of Cleaner Production”, vol. 16, pp. 1741-1754.
  • CSB (2012), U.S. Chemical and Hazard Investigation Board, www.csb.gov/assets/1/19/CSB_study_TTU_.pdf [11.11.2014].
  • Drupsteen L., Guldenmund F. (2014), What is learning? A review of the safety literature to define learning from incidents, accidents and disasters, “Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management”, vol. 22, pp. 81-96.
  • Emanuel R., Adams J. (2011), College students' perceptions of campus sustainability, “International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education”, vol. 12, pp.79 – 92.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (2016), About risk assessment, www.epa.gov/risk/about-riskassessment#whatisrisk [10.05.2016].
  • Fischer D., Aubrecht E., Brück M., Ditges L., Gathen L., Jahns M., Petersmann M., Rau J., Wellmann C. (2015), UN
  • Global Action Programme and Education for Sustainable Development: A critical appraisal of the evidence base, “Discourse and Communication for Sustainable Education”, vol. 6. pp. 5-20.
  • Fryxell G., Chungb S., Loc C. (2004), Does the selection of ISO 14001 registrars matter? Registrar reputation and environmental policy statements in China, “Journal of Environmental Management”, vol. 71, pp. 45-57.
  • Hochberg J. (2010), Perception, in: The Corsini encyclopedia of psychology and behavioral science, eds. W Craighead W., Nemeroff C., Wiley, Hoboken NJ.
  • Kitamura Y. (2010), Education for sustainable development at Universities in Japan, “International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education”, vol. 11. pp. 202 – 216.
  • Laird T. (ed.) (2014), Organic process research and development. Special Issue: Safety of Chemical Processes 14, “Org. Process Res. Dev”, vol. 18, pp. 1777.
  • Landeros K., Urbina J., Alcantara I. (2016), The good, the bad and the ugly: on the interactions among experience, exposure and commitment with reference to landslide risk perception in México, “Landslides”, vol. 80, pp. 1515- 1537.
  • Lavino J., Neumann R. (2010), Psychology of risk perception, Nova Science Publishers, New York.
  • National Research Council (2011), Prudent practices in the laboratory: handling and management of chemical hazards, National Research Council, The National Academic Press, Washington, D.C.
  • Ren X., Che Y., Yang K., Tao Y. (2016), Risk perception and public acceptance toward a highly protested Waste-toEnergy facility, “Waste Management”, vol. 48, pp. 528-539.
  • Shaw J. (2014), Psychotic and non-psychotic perceptions of reality, “Journal of Child Psychotherapy”, vol. 40 no. 1, pp. 73-89.
  • Stefan G. (2011), Risk management today in shipping companies, “Analele Universitatii Maritime Constanta”, vol. 12, pp. 41-44.
  • UNESCO (2014), UN Decade of ESD, http://en.unesco.org/themes/education-sustainable-development/what-isesd/un-decade-of-esd [30.03.2016].
  • UNESCO (2015), Global Action Programme on ESD, http://en.unesco.org/gap [30.03.2016].
  • Velazquez L., Munguia N., Zavala A., Esquer J. (2009), Sustainability leadership by implementing the ISO 14001 framework on a Latin-American campus, in: Sustainability at universities – opportunities, challenges and trends, ed.
  • Leal Filho W., Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main.
  • Zeng S., Tam C., Tam V., Deng Z. (2005), Towards implementation of ISO 14001 environmental management systems in selected industries in China, “Journal of Cleaner Production”, vol. 13, pp. 645-656.
  • Zinn M. (2009), Advancing environmental risk education, “Risk Analysis”, vol. 21, pp. 417–426

Document Type

Publication order reference


2353 - 9119

YADDA identifier

JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.