The November/December 2014 issue of OSHA Review, covering mandatory reporting requirements for California dentists, has been sent.
In September, news reports of NFL players Ray Rice knocking out then fiancee, now wife Janay in a hotel elevator and Adrien Petersen abusing his four-year old son by repeatedly hitting him with a wooden switch splashed across news outlets and social media, sparking public outrage and a debate that the NFL should have done more to prevent such violence. Family abuse continues to be a huge problem in our country.
The California Dental Practice Act designates licensed dental professionals, as “mandated reporters”. Mandated reporters are legally-bound observers, required by law to make a report of reasonably suspected domestic violence or instances of child, elder, or dependent adult abuse or neglect, identified through the course of their profession.
Training Tip: It is recommended that dental offices implement domestic abuse screening as part a comprehensive dental examination.
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