During the 2017 ADA convention in Atlanta, Sharon Kantor Bogetz attended a 3 hour OSHA update. Lots of new information, but some things stayed the same.
In review, the dental office should use Standard Precautions:
- Hand Hygiene
- Respiratory hygiene / cough etiquette – NEW
- Sharps safety
- Safe injections – NEW
- Instrument, device sterilization
- Environmental aespsis cleaning, disinfection, barriers
Written protocal shall be developed, maintained and periodically updated for proper instrument processing, operatory cleanliness and management of injuries.
If you don’t think OSHA is a concern for you, please read this announcement from OSHA: “OSHA investigation finds two Lakemoor Dental locations failed to protect employees from risks of bloodborne pathogens.” These 2 dental practices in Illinois were fined $53,000 for OSHA violations. Read the entire OSHA Report…
Cutting Edge Practice urges you to schedule yearly OSHA training and to review your OSHA Manual and Safety Data Sheets yearly. If you need OSHA training for your dental office, contact Sharon Kantor Bogetz for your training session. There is still time to schedule training before December 31st. Contact us at 847-370-9131 or email your request to Cutting Edge Practice to schedule your OSHA training session.