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Pages: 1588-1592
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-697-6957-7
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2017.0499

Conference name: 10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 16-18 November, 2017
Location: Seville, Spain

IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION AND DECONTAMINATION IN HUMAN HEALTH SCIENCE DEGREES

A. Peña-Fernández1, M.C. Lobo-Bedmar2, M.A. Peña3

1Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University (UNITED KINGDOM)
2IMIDRA, Departamento de Investigación Agroambiental (SPAIN)
3Universidad de Alcalá, Departamento de Ciencias Biomédicas (SPAIN)
A novel short training in environmental toxicology, risk assessment and decontamination was created in the specialty of “Industrial Pharmacy and Galenic” at the University of Alcalá (UAH, Spain) in 2013-14 to provide postgraduate pharmacists with basic skills, tools and knowledge to decontaminate environments affected by chemical accidents. These students completed a highly specialised research-led workshop (training) to decontaminate an open water system affected by a chemical industry spill accident using the “UK Recovery Handbook for Chemical Incidents” (UKRHCI; Wyke-Sanders et al., 2012). The UKRHCI has been developed by Public Health England (PHE) and includes an innovative methodology to select appropriate decontamination options and techniques to tackle environments impacted by chemicals. This training was modified in 2015/16 to introduce the innovative PHE virtual resource “Chemical Recovery Navigation Tool” (CRNT; published in 2015) that follows the same methodology and resources described in the UKRHCI. Comprehensive students’ feedback, including a SWOT analysis (weaknesses, threats, strengths and opportunities), was collected to investigate the implemented changes in our training. The modifications undertaken raised high levels of student satisfaction. Briefly: 100% students reported that the CRNT facilitated the understanding of the training and the selection of recovery options to respond to the case scenario proposed. Students described as strength that the workshop was very interesting, interactive and novel, and its execution in English (as the training was delivered at the Spanish university UAH). The possibility of working in environmental toxicology and decontamination was described as an opportunity. Students highlighted as weaknesses and threats its low relation with the pharmaceutical industry and brief duration (5 hours). This academic course (2016/17), a comprehensive modification has been undertaken at De Montfort University (DMU, UK) to adapt this novel training to a range of different human health science programmes, including master’s students attending the MSc. Advanced Biomedical Science programme at DMU and undergraduate Pharmacy students at the University of San Pablo CEU (USP-CEU, Spain). An Erasmus+ mobility grant for academics was satisfactorily used to validate this short training at USP-CEU earlier in 2017. A specific feedback-questionnaire distributed in both academic arenas have provided the following results: 85.7% (USP-CEU) and 50% (50% neither agree nor disagree; DMU) of students enjoyed the workshop provided. 83% of the master’s students (DMU) and 100% of undergraduate students (USP-CEU) reported that they learnt how to select appropriate recovery options to decontaminate the open water and urban environments proposed. Finally, 42.9% (57.1% neither agree nor disagree) and 83% of students have recommended the incorporation of more similar training in each programme respectively (USP-CEU and DMU). The short training described in this paper have shown to be effective in improving students’ knowledge and skills to restore environments impacted by chemical agents. We consider that all human health undergraduate programmes should teach some topics on environmental toxicology and decontamination due to the increasing use of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals by people and industries around the world.
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title = {IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION AND DECONTAMINATION IN HUMAN HEALTH SCIENCE DEGREES},
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A. Peña-Fernández, M.C. Lobo-Bedmar, M.A. Peña (2017) IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION AND DECONTAMINATION IN HUMAN HEALTH SCIENCE DEGREES, ICERI2017 Proceedings, pp. 1588-1592.
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