First Aid and Patient Emergency Kits in the Dental Office

Dental offices must be equipped to respond to medical emergencies involving both patients and employees. OSHA requires first aid supplies to be readily available in case of an employee injury, while state dental board may require specific equipment in case…

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Managing ATD Patients in a Dental Office

With the flu season upon us, it is important to manage patients with potential aerosol transmissible disease (ATD) properly. In August 2009, Cal/OSHA’s new Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Standard (Title 8 CCR Section 5199) Aerosol Transmissible Disease Regulation (Title 8 CCR…

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Sterilizer Monitoring Considerations

Monitoring of sterilization procedures includes a combination of process parameters to evaluate the sterilizing conditions and the procedures’ effectiveness. Regular sterilizer monitoring using biologic indicators has become the standard practice, and when properly implemented, is an important part of infection…

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The Use of Surface Disinfectants in Dentistry

Surface Disinfection is the process that eliminates, inactivates, or destroys pathogens on a surface or item to the point where the surface or item is no longer capable of transmitting infectious pathogens, thereby rendering the surface or item safe for…

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Volatile Organic Compounds and Dental Disinfectants

CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE: Volatile Organic Compound Standards for Consumer Products Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted into the air from consumer products and other sources (motor vehicles, stationary sources, etc.) react with other pollutants and sunlight to form ground-level ozone and…

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Required Notice to Consumers for California Dentists

Notice to Consumers of DBC Licensure Effective November 28, 2012, Section 1065 of the California Dental Practice Act will require licensed dentists to notify consumers that they are under the jurisdiction of the Dental Board of California. The new regulation…

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