The Dental Solid Waste Management in Different Categories of Dental Laboratories in Abha City, Saudi Arabia
Satheesh B. Haralur*, Ali S. Al-Qahtani, Marie M. Al-Qarni, Rami M. Al-Homrany, Ayyob E. Aboalkhair, Sujatha S. Madalakote
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2015
First Page: 449
Last Page: 454
Publisher Id: TODENTJ-9-449
Article History:Received Date: 20/8/2015
Revision Received Date: 21/9/2015
Acceptance Date: 23/9/2015
Electronic publication date: 31/12/2015
Collection year: 2015
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Aim: To study the awareness, attitude, practice and facilities among the different categories of dental laboratories in Abha city. Materials and Methods: A total of 80 dental technicians were surveyed in the study. The dental laboratories included in the study were teaching institute (Group I), Government Hospital (Group II), Private Dental Clinic (Group III) and Independent laboratory (Group IV). The pre-tested anonymous questionnaire was used to understand knowledge, attitude, facilities, practice and orientation regarding biomedical waste management. Results: The knowledge of biomedical waste categories, colour coding and segregation was better among Group I (55-65%) and Group II (65-75%). The lowest standard of waste disposal was practiced at Group IV (15-20%) and Group III (25-35%). The availability of disposal facilities was poor at Group IV. The continuous education on biomedical waste management lacked in all the Groups. Conclusion: The significant improvement in disposal facilities was required at Group III and Group IV laboratories. All dental technicians were in need of regular training of biomedical waste management. Clinical Significance: The dental laboratories are an integral part of dental practice. The dental laboratories are actively involved in the generation, handling and disposal of biomedical waste. Hence, it is important to assess the biomedical waste management knowledge, attitude, facilities and practice among different categories of dental laboratories.