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Research Article

Compliance on Radiation Safety Policies of Selected Unionized a nd Non-unionized Private Tertiary Medical Centers in Metro Manila

Marco Antonio Carpio1,2* and Marilyn Yap1

1The Graduate School, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

2St. Luke’s Medical Center, Kalusugan, New Manila, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

*Corresponding Author:
Marco Antonio Carpio
1The Graduate School
University of Santo Tomas
Philippines
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Received date: October 25, 2014; Accepted date: December 22, 2014; Published date: December 26, 2014

Citation: Carpio MA, Yap M (2014) Compliance on Radiation Safety Policies of Selected Unionized and Non-unionized Private Tertiary Medical Centers in Metro Manila. Occup Med Health Aff 2:190. doi: 10.4172/2329-6879.1000190

Copyright: © 2014 Carpio MA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

The hospital industry is one of the industries with a number of different occupational hazards. This is why individuals in the industry have good compensation and adequate protection. On top of the list for high level of protection is the field of medical radiation. Various institutions in the field follow certain guidelines to promote safety. Health care workers expect labor unions to cooperate with hospital managements for the promotion of their safety in the work place. This study aims to determine the relationship of labor unions in the promotion of radiation safety in hospitals, and to pinpoint the aspects for improvement. A survey was conducted to the employees in unionized and non-unionized hospitals using questionnaires with principles based from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Magna Carta of Public Health Care Workers. Four unionized and three non-unionized private tertiary hospitals in Metro Manila having a bed capacity of 150 and more were featured in the study. The t-test was used in measuring the statistical significance of the differences of the responses between the unionized and non-unionized employees with regards to their institutions’ compliance to radiation safety. The analyses of data showed that the existence of labor unions in a medical establishment does not have a significant influence in its effective compliance with the radiation safety principles.

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