International Journal of Clinical and Medical Imaging

Safety and Security in Limited Medical Laboratories in Alexandria: Technicians’ Point Of View

*Waiel Al-Kahiry
Department For Medical Sciences And Health Systems Management, Clinical Hematopathology, Faculty Of Medicine, Yemen

*Corresponding Author:
Waiel Al-Kahiry
Department For Medical Sciences And Health Systems Management, Clinical Hematopathology, Faculty Of Medicine, Yemen
Email:kahiry13@gmail.com

Published on: 2019-03-25

Abstract

Introduction: Methods: Chemical accidents can be prevented in the laboratory by the practice of safety and security culture. This is a cross-sectional study for knowledge and attitude conducted among 70 laboratory technicians and chemists from 46 licensed limited laboratories registered in the Ministry of Health and Population in Alexandria Governorate during 2018. Results: The studied sample showed correct knowledge about safety and security, gained during their basic study in the colleges. Most of them did not receive any additional training. Only 14.3% are wishful for applying the steps of safety and security during the routine work in the lab. This non-compliance was attributed to environmental conditions, limited availability of safety equipment’s, cultural beliefs and limited number of assistants. The attitudes of the studied sample showed shortage in the availability of all requirements for safety and security in the labs, 62.9% were exposed to variable types of chemical injuries, and 82.9% declared careless administration about the safety and security. Conclusion: Laboratory workers have the basic knowledge with the least practice for safety and security.

Keywords

Medical, Laboratory, Safety, Security, Knowledge

Introduction

The medical laboratory has become the center for acquiring knowledge and developing new materials for future use, as well as for monitoring and controlling those chemicals currently used routinely in thousands of commercial processes. Most of the chemicals produced and used today are beneficial, but some also have the potential to damage human health, the environment, and public attitudes toward chemical enterprises.[1] Significant number of threats is encountered in every lab, including the theft of sensitive information, high-value equipment, or dual-use chemicals that may be used in weapons or illicit drug production. Chemical safety and security can mitigate these risks. A new culture of safety and security consciousness, accountability, organization, and education has developed around the world in the laboratories of the chemical industry and government. Laboratories should develop special procedures and equipment for safe and secure chemicals handling and management. The development of a “culture of safety and security” results in laboratories that are safe and healthy environments to work.[2,3]