• Priority Research Issues
  • Issue 1: Assessment Research for Supporting a Safe Society
  • Issue 1: Assessment Research for Supporting a Safe Society

    Research Background

    Concern for sustainability issues in society such as SDGs has been rapidly increasing the need to manage the risks arising along the global value-chain.  In addition, changes in the social environment and industrial circumstances must also be addressed: for example, the number of new chemical substances in the market and novel applications of existing substances is increasing rapidly.

    Outline and Target

    With the aiming of realizing a society that harmonizes economic development, environmental protection, and industrial safety, RISS is conducting assessment research to identify appropriate uses of chemical substances, materials and energy that reduce environmental risks as well as physical risks. Specifically, RISS addresses regulations of industrial safety and chemical management and contributes to establishment of criteria for factories/offices. RISS also supports evaluation of environmental performance of products or companies, e.g. by developing a tool for managing water security of companies and by addressing the problem of (micro-) plastics in the ocean.

    Impacts on Society

    • Contribution to implementation and revision of Chemical Substances Control Law (CSCL), High Pressure Gas Safety Act, Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of their Manufacture, etc.
    • Improvement of standardized/harmonized test methods
    • Improvement of environmental performance of companies
    • Promotion of voluntary management of chemical substances by companies
    • Contribution to realization of a safer society

    Risk assessment tools for chemical substances


    Explosion of TNT explosives
    Technical report on the disposal of unexploded ordnance (in Japanese, 2007)