Fukuoka Institute of Health and Environmental Sciences
Introduction of institute
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| Regular monitoring system of air pollution
| Automatic monitors installed at 10 important sites in
the prefecture and a mobile monitor car are connected to the Central Monitor
Station in the institute by the telephone network, and the real time states of
weather and air pollution are monitored continuously. It is also connected to
the Surveillance Centers in the cities of Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Kurume and Ohmuta
to monitor the states of weather and air pollution. The surveillance information
is available on the "Atmospheric Environmental Regional Observation System"
(nickname: Soramame-kun) of the Ministry of Environment on the Internet (http://soramame.taiki.go.jp/). Furthermore, information about
the current of level photochemical oxidant density in the prefecture, "Fukuoka
photochemical oxidant news flash" is shown (http://www.fihes.pref.fukuoka.jp/taiki/).
| Division of Instrumental Analysis
| Chemicals such as dioxins released into the
environment affect human health and the ecosystem. Therefore, the prevention of
environmental pollution by chemicals is an important issue. This division
conducts research on monitoring harmful chemicals in the atmosphere, water and
soil etc., such as dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyl and endocrine disruptors,
at various sites in the prefecture using high-performance analytical
instruments. These basic data are effectively used for taking measures against
| Division of Pathology and Bacteriology
| This division performs bacteriological examinations on
specimens obtained from patients with food poisoning and infectious diseases to
detect and identify pathogenic microorganisms, enterohemorrhagic Escherichia
coil O157 and Salmonella being the most frequent subjects. Bacteriological
examinations are also being done on foods such as fish, meat and vegetables,
drinking water to ensure their microbiological safety. The research activity of
the division includes an improvement and/or a new development of methods for
bacteriological examination, and gene analyses of pathogenic bacteria and
protozoa to locate the source of food poisonings and infections, and to take
measures to prevent their spreading.
| Division of Virology
| This division performs tests and research necessary for the prevention of infectious diseases caused by viruses and rickettsias. For example, it detects and identifies pathogenic agents that cause influenza, AIDS, measles, rubella, and tsutsugamushi disease, and studies their biological properties to clarify their role in the occurrence of infectious diseases. It also explores the causes of viral food poisoning.
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| Division of Food and Drug Hygiene
| This division examines the suitability of foods, their
containers and packaging, drugs and household utensils to their specifications
and standards to ensure healthy and safe living. It also studies chemical causes
of food poisoning and complaints about foods. In addition, it develops rapid
analytical method and investigates toxic and/or persistent environmental
pollutants such as polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin/furans, polychlorinated
biphenyl, polybrominated dibenzo-p-dioxin/furans, brominated flame retardants
such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and heavy metals in foods, and
biological samples including human blood and breast milk. The research
activities of the division include studies related to Yusho
diagnosis.This division performs tests and research necessary for the prevention of infectious diseases caused by viruses and rickettsias. For example, it detects and identifies pathogenic agents that cause influenza, AIDS, measles, rubella, and tsutsugamushi disease, and studies their biological properties to clarify their role in the occurrence of infectious diseases. It also explores the causes of viral food poisoning.
| Chemical safety room, Biosafety room
| These are laboratories with reduced interior
atmospheric pressure to prevent the discharge of highly-toxic chemicals such as
dioxins and highly pathogenic microorganisms. Contamination of the environment
by hazardous chemicals and pathogenic microorganisms can be avoided by
performing experiments in such laboratories.
| Division of Air Science
| This division performs analyses of air pollutants emitted from industrial
plants, automobiles and other sources in order to promote conservation
of a clean atmospheric environment. It also performs measurement on environmental
radioactivity. In addition, it conducts research on transboundary pollution
(yellow sand, photochemical ozone, acid deposition and so on) and various
hazardous substances, and studies on removing NOx in the air by activated
carbon fiber (ACF)
| Division of Water Science
| This division performs analyses of water pollutants, such as heavy metals
and organic compounds for preservation of clean environmental water. It
also performs physical and chemical quality tests of tap water, well water,
and hot springs. In addition, it carries out field investigations of water
contamination as well as research in to methods of preventing water pollution.
Moreover, it conducts research on contamination of underground water and
| Division of Waste Management
| This division performs investigation and research into hazardous
materials in landfills to confirm that wastes are being properly disposed of and
that the safety of local environment is protected. It also investigates
recycling technology and confirms the safety of recycled goods.
Department of Management
| Division of General Affairs
| This division includes general clerical work and accounting, management of welfare programs for the staff, and maintenance of the buildings.
| Division of Research Planning and Information Science
| This section coordinates research activities and handles liaison with administrative sections for smooth execution of research and investigation activities. It issues publications such as annual reports and the Hokanken News as its public relations and training support services and arranges tours and seminars. In addition, it administers the self-declared Environmental Management System in conformity with ISO 14001, as its secretariat, for preservation of the environment and prevention of its contamination and for the establishment of a resource-recycling society.
This section analyzes data concerning public health and environmental sciences
to protect and promote the health of the prefectural population. Vital
statistics are maintained and epidemiological investigate the incidence
of infectious diseases and results of medical examinations on patients
with food poisoning (Yusho) caused by contamination of PCBs in rice oil.
This division also constantly monitors the state of air pollution in the
prefecture using a standard surveillance system for SO2, NO, NO2, CO and photochemical oxidant. Moreover, it widely distributes information on the activities of the institute through its homepage on the Internet.
Depatment of Environmental Science
（国立感染症研究所 島田俊雄博士 撮影）
| Division of Environmental Biology
| This division investigates the ecology of animals and
plants in wet lands and forests, and the effects of environmental chemicals on
organisms, to search the best way to conserve and restore healthy habitats fit
for wild life. It also identifies insect pests that affect the hygiene of human
living environments, and prepares guidebooks that describe easy evaluation
methods of river water quality using aquatic macro