Managing safety during COVID-19 has been challenging for all employers. When dental labs began resuming business several months ago, safety was at the forefront. Now, we are seeing some of those safety policies falling by the wayside. Those changes that may seem small, the occasional trip down the hall without a mask or the skipping of wiping down the lunchroom tables, can make a big difference when it comes to everyone’s safety. Now is not the time to let your guard down!
Here are some safety policies that need to continue in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses:
- Consistently screen employees and shade patients for symptoms. Don't rely on temperature checks as the only screening activity.
- Enforce 6’ of physical distancing and the use of face coverings.
- Encourage good hand-washing practices.
- Clean and disinfect the facility at regular intervals.
- Periodically confirm that infection prevention measures are being adhered to.
- Post reminders and provide employees training updates.
- Meet OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard for medical questionnaires and fit testing when respirators are required for aerosol generating procedures.
- Follow safe practices for the storage and re-use of respirators.
The actions of employees outside the lab can have a huge impact on everyone’s safety. It is important to encourage off-the-clock safe behaviors as well, such as wearing face coverings, avoiding gatherings, and practicing proper hand hygiene. Remind staff that by putting themselves at risk of contracting this disease, they could potentially bring it into the workplace. Stay on top of these safety policies for your protection, the protection of your employees, and the protection of your business. Proper dental lab infection control is important for everyone's safety.
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