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dc.contributor.advisor Netshisaulu, T. T.
dc.contributor.advisor Mpolokeng, M. B. L. Modiba, Reshoketswe Mokgadi 2016-02-22T09:24:21Z 2016-02-22T09:24:21Z 2014
dc.description Thesis (MPH. ) --University of Limpopo, 2014 en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation reports on findings from a qualitative research that sought to investigate adherence and compliance to radiation safety protocols by radiographers and dental professionals in the Waterberg District. The study also sought to determine the knowledge the participants had on the chronic ill-effects of occupational exposure to radiation, safety protocols and their professional experience in dealing with occupational exposure to radiation. Altogether 60 participants from 8 health institutions in the Waterberg district took part in the study. They were compromised of males and females with ages ranging from 22-60 years. The response rate was 75% (n=45/60). The empirical data of the study shows a consistent yet disconcerting pattern among practitioners about safety compliance, safety protocols and their understanding of long term effect of occupational exposure to radiation. Despite their impressive knowledge of X-rays being a source of ionizing radiation, the level of their understanding of ill-effects thereof was of great concern. The general failure by both professionals in complying with the most basic safety protocols is worrisome. In a nutshell, yet some of the practitioners were found to be greatly exposed to radiation, their daily practices were found not consistent with procedures dictated by the guidelines on the use of medical X-ray equipment. Overall, only 59% of radiographers always wore their dosimeters, a basic monitoring and protective tool to measure their radiation exposure. In the study, only 38% of the dentists were found to be compliant and overwhelmingly alluded this to their employers being unable to supply them with crucial protective clothing, a finding that the researcher cannot dispute as indicated in the responses by the two groups. The failure of the employer in enforcing monitoring and assuring safety to the employees, patients and the general public emerged from this study. Various non-compliance patterns could be attributed to the participants and others to the employer. Protocols as clearly stipulated in R1332 of Hazardous Substance Act 15 of 1973 and other guidelines are not adhered to. en_US
dc.format.extent xi, 54 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, version 1.7 en_US
dc.subject Radiation safety standards en_US
dc.subject Radiographers en_US
dc.subject Dental professionals en_US
dc.subject.ddc 616.07570289 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Hospitals -- Radiological services -- Safety measures. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Radiation -- Safety measures. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Radiation -- Safety measures -- Standards. en_US
dc.title Compliance to radiation safety standards by radiographers and dental professionals in Waterberg District Hospitals, Limpopo Province en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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