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California Dentists: Requirement to Have Serial Numbers on Prescription Forms for Controlled Substances Delayed Until 2021

In late February 2019, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill (AB) 149, which is expected to be signed into law next week and delays implementation of AB 1753 from 2019 to 2021. The bill includes an urgency clause meaning the…

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DBC Continuing Education and Cal/OSHA Training for Dental Office Personnel

Two main regulatory agencies, the Dental Board of California (DBC)and Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), require employee education and training in a dental office. However, they have separate requirements with very different objectives. Employee safety is the sole focus of Cal/OSHA…

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OSHA Forms 300 & 300A – Dentistry Exempt from Maintaining/Posting

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exempts dentistry, as a low-risk industry (NAICS Code – 6212), from maintaining the OSHA Form 300 Log and posting the OSHA Form 300A Summary. Businesses with more than 10 employees in a…

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OSHA Review Compliance System Offer – Expires March 31, 2019

For California dentists who’ve ever lost sleep worrying about compliance with state, federal and Dental Board regulations! When you order OSHA Review, you’ll understand why dentists in California have relied on their subscriptions for more than twenty years. You’ll receive…

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Serial Numbers on Prescription Pads for Controlled Substances Now Required – California Law

With the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 1753 during the last legislative session, beginning January 1, 2019, prescription forms for controlled substances must be printed with a unique serial number to help standardize the tracking of the prescription pads. This…

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OSHA Review Compliance System Offer – Expires December 31, 2018

For California dentists who’ve ever lost sleep worrying about compliance with state, federal and Dental Board regulations! When you order OSHA Review, you’ll understand why dentists in California have relied on their subscriptions for more than twenty years. You’ll receive…

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New Dental Water Quality Law Takes Effect Jan 1, 2019 – California Dental Regulations

In September, the Governor signed Senate Bill 1491 into law, which among other things, makes it unprofessional conduct for a dentists to “use water, or other methods used for irrigation, that are not sterile or that do not contain recognized…

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Is Your CE Provider Approved to Give Mandatory Courses? – Dental Board of California

According to the Dental Board of California (DBC) and the Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC), within the last couple of years, some of the continuing education (CE) providers offering the mandatory courses in Infection Control (IC) and the Dental…

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Handling Contaminated Laundry in a California Dental Office -CA Dental Regulations

Reusable contaminated protective attire must be laundered in accordance with Cal/OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Cal/OSHA defines “contaminated laundry” to be “laundry which has been soiled with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) or may contain sharps”. Employees may NOT…

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