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Sarmadi M, Bazrafshan E, Zarei A A, Barjasteh Askari F, Jahanara T, Tatatri M. Investigation of the environmental health and safety status of primary schools in Torbat Heydariyeh city in 2016-2017. Journal of Torbat Heydariyeh University of Medical Sciences. 2018; 6 (2) :58-65
URL: http://jms.thums.ac.ir/article-1-433-en.html
1- Department of Environmental Health, School of Health, Torbat Heydariyeh University of Medical Sciences, Torbat Heydariyeh, Iran
2- Student Research Committee, Torbat Heydariyeh University of Medical Sciences, Torbat Heydariyeh, Iran
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Background & Aim: School is one of the most important places for people’s mental development the effects of which can be observed through everyone’s educational and professional life. This study investigated the health and safety status in elementary schools of Torbat Heydariyeh City.
Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out in 2016-17 on 68 elementary schools in Torbat Heydariyeh City, which were categorized based on gender and being governmental or non-governmental.  Information was collected through field surveys and interviews with school officials and using a standard checklist provided by Ministry of Health. Descriptive data were analyzed using MS Office’s Excel version 2010 and statistical analysis was performed by SPSS version 22. Chi-square and Fisher's exact test were used to analyze the variable.
Results: Our results showed that based on the defined triple levels for schools, i.e. poor, moderate and desirable, the analyzed schools were categorized as moderate or desirable.-. Accordingly, 47.4% and 36.4%, of public and non-governmental schools were found to be in moderate level; and 52.6% and 63.6% of them were in desirable level, respectively. In general, we found no significant difference in the health status of the schools when analyzed based on the administration type (governmental and none) or gender (male vs. female).
Conclusion: Considering the presented results and the importance of elementary schools as the first post-family community for the students, the efforts of the institutions involved in education with the aim of establishing maximum health requirements are essential.
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Type of Study: Applicable | Subject: Special
Received: 2017/09/3 | Accepted: 2018/10/4 | Published: 2019/01/23

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