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FCC Enhances Consumer Cell Phone Protections: What it Means to Dentists

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission issued its FCC Declaratory Ruling and Order clarifying requirements under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The Ruling, which took effect immediately, enhances consumer protections from unwanted calls and text messages to cell…

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Federal OSHA Provides Eyewash Station Info-sheet – OSHA Compliance

Federal OSHA recently issued an updated resource on properly maintaining eyewash stations in the workplace, addressing the issue of potentially contaminated source water in eyewash stations. Stagnant water or untreated water is more likely to contain hazardous organisms that can damage…

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CDC Hand Hygiene Guidelines for Healthcare Workers – Infection Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides valuable online resources and information on proper hand hygiene in healthcare settings. Educational materials include interactive training for employees, an overview of hand hygiene, CDC guidelines, materials for patients, etc. Additionally,…

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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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OSHA Review Compliance System Offer – Expires August 28, 2015

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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July August 2015 OSHA Review Newsletter on Its Way – OSHA Review Subscriber

The July/August 2015 issue of OSHA Review, providing information on fluoride supplementation, is on its way. Look for it next week! Training Tip: It is recommended that dental practitioners balancing fluoride supplementation for patients to achieve maximum protection against dental…

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Written X-Ray Safety Plan Required in CA Dental Offices – CA Dental Regulations

The Radiologic Health Branch (RHB) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is charged with enforcing x-ray safety requirements in California. Last week we spoke with an RHB representative who asked if we could send out a reminder to…

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Proper Labeling Chemical Containers – Hazcom Regulatory Compliance

OSHA requires every original chemical container to have a primary shipping label from the manufacturer with a few exceptions: Drugs for patient care, consumer chemicals, and pesticides, including disinfectants and dental unit waterline cleaners, are not subject to the labeling…

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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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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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