The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exempts dentistry, as a low-risk industry, from…
The Dental Board of California’s Infection Control Regulation (California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Section 1005. Minimum Standards for Infection Control) requires that each dental office in California must maintain a written infection control protocol onsite which states the office’s policies for proper instrument processing, operatory cleanliness, and management of injuries. The protocol must be periodically updated, and must be made available to all dental healthcare personnel in the office. Keep in mind that this is in addition to Cal/OSHA’s requirement to have a written bloodborne pathogens (BBP) exposure control plan, as required under the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 5193. Bloodborne Pathogens).
For our OSHA Review subscribers… a written infection control protocol template and a written BBP exposure control plan template can be downloaded from OSHA Review’s website.
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