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CDA Dental Show in Anaheim Next Week – April 30 to May 2, 2015

OSHA Review will be in Anaheim next week, exhibiting at the California Dental Association’s CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry. The annual Southern California dental convention is the nations second largest dental show, with an attendance of 28,000…

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Use EPA-Registered Disinfectants on Surfaces – Infection Control

All clinical contact surfaces that are not protected by impervious barriers must be cleaned and disinfected using a low- to intermediate-level hospital disinfectant registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The low-level disinfectants used must be labeled as effective against…

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Monitoring your Sterilizer with Chemical Indicators: Are They Required? -Sterilizer Monitoring

Most state dental boards require that biological monitoring of the sterilization cycle be conducted using a spore test on a weekly basis. But what about sterilizer monitoring using a chemical indicator? Do most dental boards require chemical monitoring too? Chemical…

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Hepatitis B Booster Shots – Not Required for Employees

Healthcare employers are not required to provide routine booster shots or serologic testing to their employees, other than serologic testing immediately following the vaccination series. OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard incorporates the recommendations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) by…

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Disposing of Pharmaceutical Waste – Dental Regulations

Pharmaceutical waste in a dental office is regulated as medical waste, and includes expired or partially-used over-the-counter medications, patient prescriptions, and emergency drugs. Since California is the strictest state in terms of medical waste disposal, California’s requirements are provided below.…

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Jewelry and Artificial Nails: OK During Dental Treatment? – Infection Control

While not specifically prohibited by in California, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that dental personnel with direct contact with patients refrain from wearing artificial nails, keeping natural nail tips short and groomed, and stop wearing…

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OSHA Requires Written Programs – Dental Regulations

Part of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created in 1970 to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and by providing training,…

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