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Perceptions of Chemical Safety in Laboratories

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Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Applied Medical Sciences, German Jordanian University, Amman 11180, Jordan
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Department of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Engineering, School of Applied Medical Sciences, German Jordanian University, Amman 11180, Jordan
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Department of Chemistry, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine (TT), Trinidad and Tobago
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Safety 2019, 5(2), 21; https://doi.org/10.3390/safety5020021
Received: 4 March 2019 / Revised: 10 April 2019 / Accepted: 17 April 2019 / Published: 17 April 2019
This study investigates the state of the perceptions of chemical safety in laboratories among undergraduate students of the Biomedical Engineering and Pharmaceutical and Chemical Engineering departments at the German Jordanian University in Jordan. A cross-sectional survey was conducted anonymously with a random sample size of 174 students. A questionnaire of 32 questions was designed with five sections: demographic data, familiarity of chemical hazard signs, attitude towards chemical laboratory safety, safety practices, and familiarity with emergency equipment and procedure. The descriptive statistics showed that students demonstrated fair to good familiarity and understanding of chemical hazard warning signs. Most students had poor to fair attitudes towards chemical laboratory safety; but the assessment of students’ chemical laboratory safety practices revealed fair to good practices. While students safety awareness and practices, but not attitude, at this university were acceptable, safety procedures need to be implemented within a more professional safety education and coherent risk and safety climate management. View Full-Text
Keywords: chemical safety; safety perceptions; laboratory safety; undergraduate students; German Jordanian chemical safety; safety perceptions; laboratory safety; undergraduate students; German Jordanian
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Al-Zyoud, W.; Qunies, A.M.; Walters, A.U.C.; Jalsa, N.K. Perceptions of Chemical Safety in Laboratories. Safety 2019, 5, 21.

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