<b>The present state of lab safety education for international graduate students in Japanese National Universities and its implications </b>

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A nation-wide survey on lab safety education of international graduate students in national universities in Japan was conducted. The results of the over 230 respondents revealed that lab safety instruction varied from place to place and, while the majority of the graduate students felt that they received sufficient instruction, 31% said that what was provided wasn’t enough and 13% said it wasn’t provided at all. Language emerged as a key issue as the results showed that while one fourth reported that they had good Japanese language skills,half of the graduate students said that instruction was provided in Japanese. Many graduate students wrote pleas for more manuals and instruction in English. Write-in comments indicated a gap between the conditions of labs in their own countries and the well-equipped labs in Japan that was not always recognized by the instructor, resulting in insufficient instruction. The results of the survey imply that action needs to be taken to provide a system for better safety instruction/training and to provide it in English for international students doing graduate research in Japan.


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