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NIOSH Needlestick Prevention Reminder

NIOSH Needlestick Prevention Reminder

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a division of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an online article entitled “Needlesticks are Preventable” to remind healthcare personnel about the importance of sharps safety in…

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Cleaning Is Essential First Step When Reprocessing Dental Instruments

Cleaning is Essential First Step When Reprocessing Dental Instruments

In late 2020, the American Dental Association (ADA) issued the Technical Report Guidance on Method Development and Validation of Cleaning Processes for Dental Instruments to help guide manufacturers of reusable dental instruments on developing and validating reprocessing instructions that follow…

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COVID-19 Update: CA Dentists Permitted To Administer Vaccine

COVID-19 Update: CA Dentists Permitted to Administer Vaccine

On January 4, the Director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued a waiver to permit dentists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to patients. According to the waiver, dentists in California with required training may independently initiate and…

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The Needlestick Safety And Prevention Act Turns 20

The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act Turns 20

November 2020 marks the twentieth anniversary of the federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, which mandated the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to add safety provisions to the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. These included: New requirements for the evaluation and…

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CE Waiver For CA Dental Licensees Extended To April 2021

CE Waiver for CA Dental Licensees Extended to April 2021

The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) released its fourth Waiver Notice, dated October 22, to extend the continuing education (CE) requirements for California dental licensees whose active licenses expire between March 31, 2020, and December 31, 2020. According to…

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