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
College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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.
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