The Dental Board of California (DBC) recently sent out an email reminder to licensees, reminding…
In May, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an interim memorandum on the requirements for recording occupational illnesses, specifically cases of COVID-19. The memorandum is expected to remain in effect until the current COVID-19 public health crisis ends.
While employers with 10 or fewer employees and certain employers in low hazard industries, which includes dentistry, have no COVID-19 recording obligations, they do need to report work-related COVID-19 illnesses that result in a fatality or an employee’s in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye.
Specifically, dental employers must report the following work-related COVID-19 cases to OSHA (Cal/OSHA in California):
- All fatalities within 8 hours of finding out about them
- All in-patient admissions to the hospital within 24 hours of learning about them.
- All amputations within 24 hours of learning about them.
- All losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about them.
Employers can report fatalities/serious injuries to OSHA via telephone to the nearest OSHA Area Office or 24-hour hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA. Additionally, employers can report fatalities/serious injuries online using OSHA’s online reporting form.
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