Background: There is generation of huge amount of infectious and hazardous waste in the healthcare services. Waste is either incinerated or put in landfills or else in the water bodies untreated. This has led to an increase in the health hazards like HIV infections, Hepatitis B and C infections. The present study was conducted with the aim to determine the awareness about biomedical waste management amongst dental students. Materials and methods: The present study was crossectional in nature and included dental, medical graduates and post graduates of the Institute. A random sampling technique was used for the selection of the study unit. All the subjects were made to fill a predesigned questionnaire to assess the knowledge, attitude and awareness amongst the subjects regarding biomedical waste management. The analysis of the data was done using SPSS software. All the results were arranged as percentage of the total data. Results: The present survey enrolled 50 subjects; the mean age of the subjects was 28.79+/-5.76 years. In the study there were 50% males and 50% females. There were 85% of the dental graduates, 80% of medical graduates and 86.7% of post graduate students who were aware about the waste management protocol. There were 50% of the dental graduates who were thought of disposal in corporation bin and rest in 50% disposed in authorized waste collection bin. Conclusion: From the above study, we can conclude that there is lack of adequate knowledge and awareness amongst dental graduates regarding biomedical waste management.
Keywords: Biowaste, Health, Knowledge, management
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