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Did You Know… California Dental Infection Control

All clinical contact surfaces must be cleaned and disinfected using a Cal/EPAregistered, hospital disinfectant that is labeled as effective against HIV and HBV, or TB.

Furthermore, all clinical contact surfaces that are not protected by impervious barriers must be cleaned and disinfected using a Cal-EPA registered, hospital low- to intermediate-level disinfectant after each patient. The low-level disinfectants used must be labeled as effective against HBV and HIV. Housekeeping surfaces (floors, walls,sinks) must be cleaned with a detergent and water or a Cal/EPA-registered hospital disinfectant cleaner.

Before disinfection can be effective, surfaces must first be cleaned of debris because surfaces cannot be adequately covered with disinfecting solution if dirt and debris remain on the surface.

People assume disinfectants can be used as cleaners and vice versa. This is is not true. Unless the disinfectant is labeled as a cleaner, then it cannot be used to clean first. Dental Health Care Professionals must always follow label and SDS instructions for proper use. Consider using a Cal-EPA- registered product labeled for both cleaning and disinfecting.

Since 1992, OSHA Review, Inc. has provided dental professionals with comprehensive programs to support regulatory compliance and infection control. We are a registered continuing education provider in the state of California, specializing in Dental Practice Act, infection control, and OSHA training.

OSHA Review, Inc. provides the SUV Disinfectant & Cleaner in both concentrate and ready-to-use wipes. SUV Disinfectant and Cleaner meets OSHA and EPA regulations, and CDC recommendations. SUV is a hospital disinfectant proven effective against HIV, HBV and HCV.

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