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OLIVEIRA, Amanda Caroline Rodrigues de; BRAGA, Ana Maria Cheble Bahia; VILLARDI, Juliana Rulli Wotzasek  and  KRAUSS, Thomas Manfred. Waste management in laboratories of a Brazilian public university: a challenge for environmental health and occupational health. Saúde debate [online]. 2019, vol.43, n.spe3, pp.63-77.  Epub Jan 13, 2020. ISSN 2358-2898.

Higher education institutions, as generators and disseminators of knowledge, are increasingly in need to assume their roles in regional context, especially in the creation of sustainable and environment preservation public policies. In this sense, the aim of this article was to understand the management of health care waste practices in teaching and research laboratories of the Institute of Agrarian Sciences of the Federal University of Minas Gerais - Montes Claros campus. It is a research with quantitative and qualitative approaches, carried out through survey application with workers engaged in the activities of the teaching labs. For the analysis, absolute and relative frequencies, position measurements, central tendency and dispersion were used. Among the problems detected, it should be highlighted: non-compliance with current legislation, concerned to laboratories waste management; absence reported by workers, of training for the accomplishment of their functions, as well as education for risk prevention and proper waste management; insufficient immunization coverage against hepatitis B and tetanus. Although the places researched manage their waste, this work concludes that many practices are at odds with the current legislation and need to be adequate.

Keywords : Waste management; Universities; Occupational health; Environmental health.

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