As a small business owner, your dental practice must comply with a variety of regulations, including those of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). While the real purpose of complying with OSHA regulations is to provide a safe working environment for employees, you must also consider the effects of noncompliance on your business.

OSHA requirements for dental offices are wide ranging. They encompass electrical currents, ventilation, recordkeeping, radiation, first aid, fire, egress, working surfaces, blood-borne pathogens, and hazard communication. Most offices need to spend the majority of compliance efforts on hazard communication and blood-borne pathogens.

Annual retraining is required for existing employees, and training for all new employees is mandatory. Training programs must thoroughly review all aspects of employee safety, and must be documented in a written training log. The log must be signed by each employee. 1

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Is your office compliant? Here are links to sources that will help you be compliant and stay organized.


 

HU-FRIEDY

Compliance is a commitment to always following procedures and protocols outlined by organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state dental boards, and OSHA. But it can be difficult for offices to stay aware of every regulation and guideline and ensure personnel are always properly trained.

From the brand trusted by dentists for more than 110 years comes a new resource to advance your dental performance: the GreenLight Dental Compliance Center by Hu-Friedy. This exclusive program keeps all of your infection prevention guidelines and regulations conveniently housed in one portal. You’ll find more than convenience with GreenLight — you’ll also gain the confidence that comes from knowing you’re taking the right steps to maintain safety and compliance.

Want to know more? Complete this form to have your local Hu-Friedy representative contact you with details.

Membership includes:

  • Exclusive access to a comprehensive members-only online infection prevention portal
  • A one-stop resource for updated compliance information
  • Easy access to state board web pages
  • Customized infection prevention protocol templates compliant with the CDC Guidelines and each practice’s specific requirements
  • Communication directly to members on any new regulations that would require changes in protocols
  • Free consultation for new members to review protocols
  • Online infection prevention self assessment
  • Online continuing education on OSHA and other topics
  • Breach response plan with accompanying tools
  • Training and resources specifically for infection control coordinators 


ZIRC

Zirc's top priority is to save you time. Zirc provides innovative products and organization strategies to streamline your dental office operations and allow you to increase efficiency. They also have efficiency experts on hand to answer your questions about Zirc products or setup at any step along the way. 

Zirc's Z.O.B.E. (Zirc's Organization Box of Efficiency) -- Zirc educates your practice giving step-by-step instructions to achieve an efficient, productive, compliant, time-saving work place, all while remaining simple and stress-free. The 100% complimentary service offers a product demonstration with more than 25 of Zirc's Color Coding products. Zirc ships the product to you; you get hands-on experience at your practice for a weekn and then you return it back to Zirc... for FREE! Complete this form to request the Z.O.B.E. experience. (Please note: The Z.O.B.E. experience will ship after you have had a brief phone consultation witha  Zirc efficiency expert. They will contact you within 24 hours after you submit your request.)