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What to Expect When You are Inspected by Cal/OSHA

Cal/OSHA is California’s occupational safety and health enforcement agency, covering nearly all employees in the state, except federal employees who fall under the jurisdiction of Federal OSHA. Cal/OSHA conducts workplace inspections to determine whether employers are complying with Cal/OSHA requirements.…

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Failed Spore Test? What Does it Mean…

In Case of a Positive Spore Test… Weekly monitoring of sterilization procedures using biologic indicators, i.e. spore tests, to evaluate the sterilizing conditions and the equipment’s effectiveness is an important part of infection control. Both the Centers for Disease Control…

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Sterilizer Monitoring in Dental Offices

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

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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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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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