Safe use of chemicals by professional users and health care specialists

Apatsidou, M. and Konstantopoulou, I. and Foufa, E. and Tsarouhas, K. and Papalexis, P. and Rezaee, R. and Spandidos, D. A. and Kouretas, D. and Tsitsimpikou, C. (2018) Safe use of chemicals by professional users and health care specialists. Biomedical Reports, 8 (2). pp. 160-165.

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The awareness of Greek professional users and health care specialists regarding the safe use of chemicals was investigated, to be the best of our knowledge, for the first time after the introduction of Regulations (EC) 1907/2006 (REACH) and 1272/2008 (CLP) on chemicals. A total of 200 professional users and 150 health care specialists from various regions of Greece contributed to the use of a closed-ended, anonymous and validated questionnaire. The findings showed that over 85 of the responders were not aware of classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) and 67.8 of the responders were unaware of any changes made in the labeling of the products they were using. The majority (>75) of individuals were cognizant that they were using hazardous products; however, the perception of hazard varied significantly between the two groups (P=0.012) and statisti­cally were dependent on the educational (P=0.022) and the profession (P=0.014) level. One third of the professional users read the label as the main source of information for the product, while for health care specialists the number increased to 65 and a strong correlation was detected with the educational level (P=0.017). In both groups, 7 of professional users and health care specialists declared that hazard communication through product labeling is not well understood. The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is almost universal for health care specialists with women being more sensitive (P=0.041), while 25 of the professional users do not use any PPE. Almost 60 of the health care specialists are required to provide instructions regarding the safe use of chemicals or the action to be undertaken in case of accident. In the latter situation, the National Poisoning Centre is the reference point for information. Limited use of the safety data sheets has been observed both for professional users (18) and health care specialists (23). In conclusion, rising awareness campaigns are needed, in collaboration with trade unions and health care professional associations, in order to alert professionals regarding the safe use of chemicals and protect human health and the environment. © 2018, Spandidos Publications. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By :3 Export Date: 16 February 2020 Correspondence Address: Tsitsimpikou, C.; General Chemical State Laboratory of Greece, 16 Anastasiou Tsocha Street, Ampelokipi, Greece; email:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chemicals CLP Labeling Poisoning centres Safe use adult Article cardiovascular disease chemical safety drug classification drug exposure drug labeling drug packaging female health care personnel health hazard health survey human hypertension long term exposure male middle aged musculoskeletal disease normal human observational study occupational exposure respiratory tract disease skin allergy
Subjects: WA Public Health
QU Biochemistry
Divisions: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
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Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2020 06:12
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2020 06:12

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