The Impact of Biosafety Trainings on Knowledge and Attitudes of Life Sciences Students Towards Biosafety in Hazara, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Mr. Faizan Rashid1, Sumbal Fatima1, Sana  Jalal1

1University Of Haripur, Islamabad, Pakistan

 

Introduction: The current study was aimed to assess the impact of biosafety trainings on knowledge and attitude of life sciences students towards biosafety in Hazara, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

Methods: This study was conducted from January, 2018 to April, 2018 at 5 different universities. Data was collected from a total of 256 students in various life sciences departments using a pre-designed questionnaire. The information about attitude and use of standard laboratory practices in laboratory and biosafety awareness was obtained using 40 different survey questions.

Results: 210 (82%) of study participants had received one or more biosafety trainings in past from four major organizations currently working on biosafety awareness in Pakistan. The knowledge gaps were observed with respect to biosafety in both untrained and trained students for each of the survey question. A significantly lower percentage of untrained students reported knowledge about proper use of PPE’s, primary safety devices, waste disposal methods and emergency responses as compared to trained students. Despite of the fact that the trained students had a better knowledge, the compliance rate to various standard laboratory practices ranged from 46.1%-85.2% among trained students.

Conclusion: The survey results showed a better attitude and biosafety awareness among trained students as compared to untrained students. However, the lower compliance rate among trained students for some of the standard laboratory practices could be due to non-availability of most of the standard operating procedures revealed from survey results. Therefore, a strong leadership is required to ensure SOP’s compliance, supply of PPE’s and refresher training’s.


Biography:

I am Faizan Rashid from Pakistan. I graduated with a bachelor in Medical Laboratory Technology from University of Health Sciences, Pakistan and a masters in Microbiology from Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan. Currently, I am serving as lecturer in Medical Lab Technology department of University of Haripur.

I have also done 1 year Health Security Futures Fellowship from Health Security Partners, USA and PGD in Community health from Pakisatan. I am a part of Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA) and have been receiving trainings on biosafety, biosecurity and bio risk management at both national and international level. Now I am serving PBSA as a biosafety trainer.

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