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A percepção dos trabalhadores de enfermagem sobre o manejo dos resíduos químicos perigosos. / [Nursing workers' perceptions regarding the handling of hazardous chemical waste].

Rev Esc Enferm USP; 46(6): 1453-61, 2012 Dec.
Artigo em Português | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-23380791
The objectives of this study were to identify the perceptions of nursing workers regarding the handling of hazardous chemical waste at the University of São Paulo University Hospital (HU-USP), and develop a proposal to improve safety measures. This study used a qualitative approach and a convenience sample consisting of eighteen nursing workers. Data collection was performed through focal groups. Thematic analysis revealed four categories that gave evidence of training deficiencies in terms of the stages of handling waste. Difficulties that emerged included a lack of knowledge regarding exposure and its impact, the utilization of personal protective equipment versus collective protection, and suggestions regarding measures to be taken by the institution and workers for the safe handling of hazardous chemical waste. The present data allowed for recommending proposals regarding the safe management of hazardous chemical waste by the nursing staff.