Reminder: OSHA Recordkeeping Rules Change on Jan 1, 2015

OSHA’s updated recordkeeping rules, which expand the definition of severe injuries that must be reported to OSHA, take effect on January 1, 2015. The amendments require employers to report the following to OSHA: All work-related fatalities within 8 hours of…

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RHB Revises X-Ray Machine Registration Form in California – Dental Compliance

The California Department of Public Health Radiologic Health Branch (RHB) recently revised the radiation machine registration form, RH2261, which must be completed and submitted to RHB. Three forms are now available for registration: 1) RH2261N for new registrations, 2) RH2261C…

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The Use of Barriers – Infection Control Techniques

The use of barrier protection, such as plastic wrap, foil, bags, or other moisture-impervious materials, is an important part of infection prevention and control. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends, and many state dental boards require, barriers…

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Hydrocodone Combo Products Reclassified to Schedule II Drugs – Dental Regulations

Effective October 6, 2014, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) restricted hydrocodone combination products (HCPs), which include Vicodin®, Lortab®, and Hycodan®, from Schedule III to the more restrictive Schedule II. Hydrocodone is a strong pain-killer, with similar complications and risks…

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