International Journal of Oral Health Dentistry

Knowledge and Practices for Hazardous Waste Management among Dental Health Care Workers in India

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Author Details: Kaushal Kishor Agrawal1, *, Pooran Chand2, Reema Kumari3, Raghuwar Dayal Singh4, Akhilanand Chaurasia

Volume : 1

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2395-499X

Print ISSN : 2395-4914

Article First Page : 1

Article End Page : 5


 Aim: To determine the knowledge of dental professionals in India regarding the management of hazardous dental waste and actual practices followed by them.

Material and method: A descriptive cross sectional study was conducted as a survey of Indian dental professionals. A self-administered questionnaire was designed to determine the knowledge and practices on hazardous dental waste and knowledge and practice of safety measures against cross-infection. This questionnaire was e-mailed to the seven hundred fifty dentists randomly selected from list of Indian dental association. Overall response rate was 67.92% (n=494). Obtained response for each question from participated dentist was calculated in percentage.
Result: Calculated data showed that there was very high discrepancy between knowledge and practice of dental professionals regarding hazardous waste management.
Conclusion: Majority of dentists practice improper waste disposal. Proper supervision and education should be done at all stages for proper management of hazardous waste. Practitioners should be retrained time to time for new technologies of proper waste disposal.
Keywords: Amalgam; Dental professionals; Fixer; Hazardous waste; Infection; Segregation.