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Table 2 Statements contributing to the model development process (participants reached the highest and lowest consensuses)

From: The development of a globally acceptable national model for occupational hygiene in Turkey: a modified Delphi study

Statements Consensus levels
% of agreement Mean ± SD*
Implementation standards for occupational hygiene in Turkey
Highest agreement statements
Occupational hygiene practices should not be limited to measurements and controls; preventions should also be included. 97.9 6.7 ± 0.8
Occupational hygiene implementation standards should be determined. 93.6 6.6 ± 1.0
Lowest agreement statements
Occupational hygiene practices should be carried out by occupational physicians. 34.1 3.7 ± 1.9
Occupational hygiene practices should be carried out by occupational safety experts. 48.9 4.2 ± 1.8
Training and education standards for occupational hygiene in Turkey
Highest agreement statements
Occupational hygiene training and education standards should be determined. 93.6 6.6 ± 1.1
Competencies in occupational hygiene issues for occupational safety experts, occupational physicians, and labor inspectors should be increased. 94.7 6.5 ± 0.9
Standards and accredited training/education programs should be required in occupational hygiene. 93.6 6.5 ± 1.1
Lowest agreement statement
The field of occupational hygiene should be developed by risk-specific branching. 87.2 5.7 ± 1.2
Requirements and priorities for occupational hygiene in Turkey
Highest agreement statements
Awareness of occupational hygiene should be promoted. 95.8 6.5 ± 1.1
Occupational hygiene training should be disseminated according to nationwide authorizations and standards. 91.5 6.4 ± 1.3
Lowest agreement statement
Occupational hygiene should be defined as a profession, and its education/competencies should be determined. 85.0 6.0 ± 1.8
The functionality of competent institutions in Turkey regarding occupational hygiene/hygienists
Highest agreement statements
Occupational hygiene training and research structures should be established at universities. 93.7 6.5 ± 1.1
The central and regional laboratories at the Institute of Research and Development of Occupational Health and Safety (ISGUM) should be strengthened. Reference laboratories should also be established. 93.7 6.5 ± 1.2
Lowest agreement statement
As a competent organization, MoLSS should establish related training programs and practices through inter-institutional cooperation. 93.7 6.3 ± 1.1
* Rated over 7.