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Knowledge, attitude, and practice of safety precautions among laboratory technologist of clinical microbiology laboratory

Bhawna Sharma, Shilpee Kumar.

Abstract
Background: Laboratory workers are exposed to a variety of potential occupational health hazards including infectious materials and cultures, toxic and flammable chemicals, as well as electrical hazard. It is important for laboratory workers to be aware of the potential hazards and ensure safety in practices. Carelessness, negligence, and unsafe practices may result in serious injuries not only to the individual but also coworkers and patients as well.

Objective: The objective of the study was to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) of laboratory safety precautions among technicians working in clinical microbiology laboratory.

Materials and Methods: The study was a cross-sectional study on KAP of laboratory safety precautions among technicians. A close-ended structured questionnaire was canvassed to the technicians and responses were analyzed.

Results: A total of 30 laboratory workers participated in the study. The overall correct responses regarding knowledge of laboratory safety precautions were 74% (673/900) and practices of the same were 79% (427/540). Few (10/30) perceived biomedical waste management as a burden and some (9/30) felt that too much of effort is required to follow optimal hand hygiene.

Conclusion: Training and retraining on laboratory safety precautions are required along with counseling to induce a positive attitudinal change.

Key words: Occupational Hazard; Laboratory Safety; Laboratory Workers; Safety Precautions; Laboratory Acquired Infections


 
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Sharma B, Kumar S. Knowledge, attitude, and practice of safety precautions among laboratory technologist of clinical microbiology laboratory. Int J Med Sci Public Health. 2020; 9(4): 253-257. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2020.10289201918022020


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Sharma, B. & Kumar, . S. (2020) Knowledge, attitude, and practice of safety precautions among laboratory technologist of clinical microbiology laboratory. Int J Med Sci Public Health, 9 (4), 253-257. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2020.10289201918022020



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Sharma, Bhawna, and Shilpee Kumar. 2020. Knowledge, attitude, and practice of safety precautions among laboratory technologist of clinical microbiology laboratory. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health, 9 (4), 253-257. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2020.10289201918022020



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Sharma, Bhawna, and Shilpee Kumar. "Knowledge, attitude, and practice of safety precautions among laboratory technologist of clinical microbiology laboratory." International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 9 (2020), 253-257. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2020.10289201918022020



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Sharma, Bhawna, and Shilpee Kumar. "Knowledge, attitude, and practice of safety precautions among laboratory technologist of clinical microbiology laboratory." International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 9.4 (2020), 253-257. Print. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2020.10289201918022020



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Sharma, B. & Kumar, . S. (2020) Knowledge, attitude, and practice of safety precautions among laboratory technologist of clinical microbiology laboratory. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health, 9 (4), 253-257. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2020.10289201918022020





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