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Environmental policy of the Faculty of Pharmacy

The Faculty of Pharmacy, aware of the environmental impact that results from its educational, research and administrative activities, takes responsibility to ensure the minimization of these impacts.

The main objective is the Faculty of Pharmacy is to actively contribute to the preservation of the environmental balance , by providing welfare to our workers, students and the community we are part of. With that purpose, the Faculty of Pharmacy has opted for the installation of an environmental management system that optimizes the development of the following commitments:

 

  1. To enforce the environmental legislation and other voluntary requirements concluded by the Faculty.
  2. To warn, eliminate and minimize environmental impacts that result from its activity
  3. To contribute to a safe and acceptable environment.
  4. To promote the rational use of natural resources and energy.
  5. To encourage reuse, recycling and material recuperation practices to minimize the production of waste and its environmental impact.
  6. To train, raise awareness of and inform all the staff of the Faculty of Pharmacy about these environmental requirements.
  7. To take on annual objectives and environmental goals that ensure commitment to continual improvement and guarantee that they are complied to through periodic evaluations.
  8. To defend the environmental commitment of the workers, students and companies related to the Faculty activities.
  9. To revise and adapt the environmental policy to the new requirements given by the current environment, and also to the progress achieved under a continuous approach to this perpetual improvement.

 

Currently, the Faculty environmental committee, approved by the Government Commission on 12-2-2009 (modified on 05-24-2010 and on 06-13-2013) is composed of the following members:

 

  • Dean: Dª Ana Isabel Del Moral García
  • Vice-dean of Economical Affairs and Environmental Quality: D. José Luis Arias Mediano
  • Administrator: D. Juan Chacón Almeda
  • Representative of the teachers of biomedical waste courses: D. César Viseras Iborra
  • Representative of the teachers of chemical waste courses: Dª Olga Cruz López
  • Laboratory technician: D. Pedro Cano Quevedo
  • Responsible for the caretakers team: D. Moisés Ruiz Martín

Their roles consist mainly of coordinating and directing the environmental management of the Faculty of Pharmacy, and ensuring that the environmental management system is properly implemented and continuously improved ( Environmental policy of the University of Granada ) .

The Faculty of Pharmacy was the first in Spain, that, as a Centre independent of its University and including its departments globally, obtained the ISO 14001 standard quality certificate on July 26th, 2004, thanks to its environmental management system. Since 2008, it is certified together with the rest of the UGR centres, satisfactorily exceeding all the internal monitoring audits carried out by the Environmental Quality Unit of the University of Granada. On January 28th, 2011, the external re-certification of this international standard was achieved and validated until 2014.

Environmental commitment

The measures approved in the meetings held with the Office of Environmental Prevention and Quality were established in the Faculty of Pharmacy ( http://www.ugr.es/~gabpca/ ) to improve the services evaluation.

Following this, the main priorities of the Faculty of Pharmacy´s environmental commitment are described below:

The effective reduction of paper consumption

Within the environmental commitment undertaken by the Faculty of Pharmacy, through which it obtained the ISO 14001 standard (see the start page http://farmacia.ugr.es ), ), the decrease of paper consumption has been a core idea, in both administrative and educational processes. With this idea, the Faculty of Pharmacy has implemented and encouraged the following measures:

  • All the information about the meetings of the Faculty Board (documents, proceedings, summaries of the events, supplementary material, etc.) is transmitted to its members in electronic form. To not occupy the mailing system unnecessarily, and to prevent the messages with attached files to be considered, SPAM, a FTP account is being used on the Faculty of Pharmacy server, with which documents are sent by e-mail, in the form of links.
  • Within the Secretary of the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Dean's Office, a new process of documentation sending has been implemented, and this is attached in the report requests, about recognition for the departments. This process is based on the documentation scanning and its subsequent sending in PDF format by e-mail.
  • The protocol of data collection for visiting professors implemented in the Faculty of Pharmacy, was designed to minimize paper consumption. This forms part of one of the objectives chosen by the Faculty of Pharmacy in its Programme Contract
  • The Faculty of Pharmacy uses a database and specific software, that manage reservations for the classroomss and general facilities (classrooms, auditorium, computer rooms, etc.) and register their use. This software makes it possible to check the preset availability of the Faculty facilities and, therefore, allows for people to locate various extraordinary events, without modifying the classes´ ordinary timetables. The management of this software, also made available by the Faculty to the departments in the Faculty of Pharmacy and the ERS, not only speeds up the process of reserving the Faculty facilities, but it also provides cost savings in terms of paper consumption, so that all the information related to the reservation process is electronically managed and stored.
  • Part of the document copying process is carried out thanks to a device (Canon IR1024i) that scans documents (in PDF format) by sending a digital copy directly by e-mail. Managed with expertise from the Faculty Secretary, this device, which was implemented in the Faculty of Pharmacy, has so far demonstrated its efficiency in the process of sending the validation documents previously described.
  • Promoting the use of educational platforms on the Internet, that allow students to send work electronically, is a measure that leads to the decrease of paper consumption. A typical example of this kind of platform is SWAD (included in the PRADO project of the UGR). This technology put in place for the Faculty of Pharmacy is part of another of the Faculty Programme Contract objectives.
  • A computer and a TV screen (42 inches) were acquired. They are located in the main entrance, and both are managed from the Faculty Secretary. The TV screen is very useful for showing the most recent and up-to-date information of the Secretary of the Faculty, for example, during the process of student registration. Amongst the immediate consequences of this information system there are the following: the saving of paper for the Secretary´s, Dean's Office´s and Environmental Committee´s briefing notes addressed to the student.

Recycling of IT material

All the substituted IT materials of the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Pharmacy are reused as resources to obtain their electronic components. They are, in turn, used to solve urgent breakdowns of other IT materials, particularly computers of computer rooms that, due to their frequent use, require a constant renovation of their components.

Rational consumption of energy

The Faculty of Pharmacy has implemented the commitment of rational consumption of energy by adapting to the following measures:

  • The use of sunlight
  • The limitation of the temperature of radiators and refrigerating appliances at optimal levels.
  • An informative campaign to promote the rational use of lifts.
  • The progressive replacement of the standard Centre lights with energy-efficient lights.
  • The production of an informative three-part document about good environmental practices in the Faculty of Pharmacy.

 

Promotion of the healthy working habits

As a supplement to the training of students in Biological Analysis and Laboratory Diagnosis Official Master , Analytical Profiles for members of the University Community of the School of Clinical Analysis (Faculty of Pharmacy) will be produced. The Faculty itself finance the Faculty of Pharmacy staff.

The hiking activities of the Faculty club Senderismo para todos , form activities with a clear, healthy vocation.

Self-protection plan

The self-protection plan is the mechanism that establishes, for a given building, a set of measures intended to neutralize or minimize, with the means at disposal, incidents or emergencies, and their possible consequences, until the arrival of the external aid.

The Faculty of Pharmacy, as established by the Self-protection Basic Standard has physically elaborated and implemented and, furthermore, maintains active a a Self-protection plan focusing on risks, alarms, evacuation and aid prevention actions. The self-protection plan of the Faculty intends, by organizing the human and material resources available in the Centre, to succeed in the prevention of existing risks, by ensuring the evacuation and the immediate intervention, in case of such an accident, so that emergencies are quickly managed. The establishment of this plan ultimately aims to inform all people who are in the Centre and who could be affected by an emergency, how to react, and how said actions must be organised, to minimize the consequences.

The Faculty´s emergency teams who are organized into those of primary intervention, alarm and evacuation, secondary intervention, and first aid, include a total of 116 people (61 members and 55 supplementary) including professors, research fellows and administrative staff and Centre services. These teams are spread out over the different floors and zones (A and B) of the building, in accordance with the department location for which they have been assigned, and are prepared to respond to emergencies mainly caused by fires or bomb scares, because, due to their potential consequences, which may be very serious, they are the most urgent situations

Interesting links

UGR Environmental Policy

UGR Vice-Rectorate of Environmental Quality, Welfare and Sports

UGR Environmental Quality Unit

Campaign for energy saving and good environmental practices