Assessing Vulnerability and Prioritizing Risk Level Based on Students’ Perceived Hazards in a University Environment

Carmela Olanda Capanzana
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Abstract


This study assessed the environmental vulnerability and prioritized risk level in a Philippine state university based from the students’ perceived hazards. It employed quantitative non-experimental cross-sectional design to one hundred thirteen students (n=113). Results showed that most of them perceived the following as hazards in their university: building collapse, hazardous materials incident onsite, earthquake, fire, flood, storm, landslide, contamination of food/drinking water/air/soil and contagious infectious disease. In assessing the university’s vulnerability, most of them believed that their campus is vulnerable to the said hazards because of its likelihood of occurrence; and ability to cause damage or loss of school property and injury or death. Considering the university’s risk priority level, most of them believed that their campus should prioritize risks from perceived hazards because of its occurrence’s frequency, magnitude, school warning and impact to their campus. In view of these, the conduct of the following are recommended: continuous monitoring of the hazards’ occurrences, vulnerability assessments and risk assessments in the university. Also, an environmental management team can be organized to develop a sustainable environmental management program, thus maintaining a safe and secured university environment for the students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders.

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Capanzana, C. O. (2020). Assessing vulnerability and prioritizing risk level based on students’ perceived hazards in a university environment. Journal of Research in Education, Science and Technology, 5(1), 50-60.


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