With the end of the year drawing near, as we prepare to usher in 2018, December is a good time to review and evaluate office safety policies and procedures to ensure compliance and their effectiveness. Using a safety assessment checklist provides a systematic method for the evaluation.
- All required/recommended written safety plans and operating instructions in the office should be reviewed and updated as needed, with employee input.
- Office training program(s) and recordkeeping should be completed for the year.
- An annual safety walk-through should be conducted, with corrective action taken for any identified discrepancies.
Creating and maintaining a safe dental workplace requires diligence and constant oversight, and it is in the best interest of every dental employer to ensure that office policies promote safety and are effective.
For our OSHA Review subscribers… a Dental Office Safety Checklist for use during the safety walkthrough can be downloaded from our website – oshareview.com, in the members-only section under Document List.
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