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Awareness of the students from the X-ray laboratory technician program about the risk factors of the work process

Valentina Aleksandrova, Tsvetelina Tarpomanova, Gergana Veleva, Nevyana Yankova

Abstract

During the practice of their profession, health workers are exposed to significant risk, so knowledge of the organization of the work process and occupational culture regarding health and safety at work have to be formed during the training process.
The aim of the project is to establish the awareness of the students from the X-Ray Laboratory Technician program at the Medical College-Varna of the risk factors in the work process related to the practicing of the profession. Thirty-three second- and third-year students were interviewed. Almost everyone claimed they were aware of the potential health risks. Logically, first of all, the students have indicated the danger of ionizing radiation. Interestingly, as a second by significance factor, 72.7% of second-year students indicated night work/shift work and 90.9% of third-year students - workplace stress. As precautionary measures, respondents indicate compliance with radiation protection standards and the use of dosimeters and protective work clothing. Regardless of their training on this subject, 40.9% of third-year students do not give a specific answer to the question of what are the main ways of protecting health at work. There is a natural difference in the assessment of the need for additional information - 81.8% of second-year students and 41% of third-year students want to raise their awareness on the topic mainly by conducting seminars by specialists.


Keywords

radiographer; X-ray technician; occupational risks; health and safety at work; awareness

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During the practice of their profession, health workers are exposed to significant risk, so knowledge of the organization of the work process and occupational culture regarding health and safety at work have to be formed during the training process.

The aim of the project is to establish the awareness of the students from the X-Ray Laboratory Technician program at the Medical College-Varna of the risk factors in the work process related to the practicing of the profession. Thirty-three second- and third-year students were interviewed. Almost everyone claimed they were aware of the potential health risks. Logically, first of all, the students have indicated the danger of ionizing radiation. Interestingly, as a second by significance factor, 72.7% of second-year students indicated night work/shift work and 90.9% of third-year students - workplace stress. As precautionary measures, respondents indicate compliance with radiation protection standards and the use of dosimeters and protective work clothing. Regardless of their training on this subject, 40.9% of third-year students do not give a specific answer to the question of what are the main ways of protecting health at work. There is a natural difference in the assessment of the need for additional information - 81.8% of second-year students and 41% of third-year students want to raise their awareness on the topic mainly by conducting seminars by specialists.


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