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Do Not Reuse Disposable Items – Dental Infection Control

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends, and many state dental boards require, that single-use, or disposable, devices be used on one patient only and then discarded. Single-use items in dentistry are usually not heat-tolerant and oftentimes…

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Sacramento Media Highlights Dental Office Citations – Infection Control

Infection control is a serious concern for patients, staff, dentists and regulators. Public awareness from media outlets can highlight the need for following recognized and mandated infection control rules and guidelines. The investigative report KCRA by a Sacramento, California news station showed…

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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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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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Decontaminating Heat-Sensitive Dental Instruments – Dental Regulation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that heat-sensitive, reusable, patient–care items used during dental treatment be cleaned and undergo sterilization (critical items) or high-level disinfection (semi-critical instruments) between patients using a chemical sterilant/high-level disinfectant approved by…

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ATD Reminder: Dentists are Conditionally Exempt – Infection Control

With the measles outbreak in California and the flu outbreaks nationwide, dental staff need to make sure they are screening patients for these diseases prior to treating patients. In California, Cal/OSHA's Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) Standard requires healthcare providers to…

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CDC MMWR: Risk of Occupational-Acquired HIV is Low, Thanks to Infection Control

“Documented occupational acquisition to HIV infection in healthcare workers has become rare in the United States,” states the January 9th edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Since 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been notified…

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