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DFEH Online Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Available in Early 2020 – California Compliance

On November 21, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) updated their online Frequently Asked Questions about the new requirement for employers to train their employees on harassment prevention. The FAQ now indicates that the DFEH online training will be…

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HHS Blog on Using HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool

On October 30, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology posted a blog about how to effectively use its free online security risk assessment tool for security of…

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New California Law Requires Adding 2 Words to Informed Consent Language

In January 2017, California Assembly Bill (AB) 2235 took effect, which added to the Dental Practice Act’s definition of unprofessional conduct the failure of dental practitioners to obtain the written informed consent using mandatory language from a minor patient’s parent or guardian prior to…

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The DUWL Outbreak in Orange County

Back in 2016, more than 60 children were diagnosed with confirmed or probable mycobacterial infections in Anaheim, California, after becoming infected with serious oral cellulitis, following dental pulpotomies performed at the same dental clinic. The microorganism in question was Mycobacterium abscessus, which…

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Reminder: Cover or Disinfect all Clinical Contact Surfaces

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends, and many state dental boards require, disposable impervious barriers, such as such as plastic wrap, foil, bags, or other moisture-impervious materials, to be used on clinical contact surfaces and equipment that may be…

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Reminder: Dental Offices Must Report Formaldehyde Use in Chemiclaves

Cal/OSHA Standard Section 5203 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) mandates that all employers who use a regulated carcinogen must report that use in writing, by mail or email, to Cal/OSHA’s Asbestos and Carcinogen Unit. Cal/OSHA regulates ~30 regulated carcinogens under Title 8 CCR Sections…

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