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Protecting Patients & Staff When Resuming Your Dental Practice

Mary Bartlett
Posted by Mary Bartlett on May 9, 2020 3:14:06 PM

As various mandates and recommendations related to dentistry are being lifted, dentists are beginning to question what steps need to be taken to resume operations and how to ensure a safe workplace for their employees as well as their patients. While dental practices that were already complying with OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard should be practicing Standard Precautions for the protection against bloodborne pathogens, COVID-19 adds airborne exposure risk that needs to be managed.  Learn more in the pre-recorded webinar video - Protecting Patients & Staff When Resuming Your Dental Practice.  Get assistance in managing your COVID-19 Safety Program


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Protecting Patients & Staff When Resuming Your Dental Practice

This online course addresses  how to assess the hazards in the dental office that relate specifically to protection from COVID-19, how to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19, and provides recommendations for dentists to consider as they develop policies and procedures necessary to protect their employees and patients. At the end of this video are need-to-know questions and answers. CE credit provided: AGD PACE Program FAGD/MAGD credit.

COVID-19 Safety Training for Dentistry Employees

This online course is designed for training dental practice employees on proper COVID-19 safety work practices. This course covers specifically what has changed about safety during COVID-19, exposure risks for employees, how to keep employees safe in the dental practice, and infection prevention practices. This course is presented by Gary Morgan, CDT, ASQ CQA, Vice President & Senior Advisor, SafeLink Consulting.

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AGD PACE Program credit provided for FAGD/MAGD. Participants must include their AGD # when taking this quiz to ensure credits are reported to AGD. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the Academy of General Dentistry Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) through the joint program provider approval of SAFELINK CONSULTING, INC. SAFELINK CONSULTING, INC. is approved for awarding FAGD/MAGD credit. AGD ID# 327654.

Employers must assess the risks associated with COVID-19 exposure and then develop written policies and procedures specific to health and safety in the dental practice to avoid and reduce risks related to potential further business disruptions.  Employees must be informed of these policies, therefore, a training session should be conducted and documented.  It will then be up to the business owner and management to monitor closely the compliance with these safe practices.  OSHA provides a Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 that can be extremely helpful to you.  In this Guidance OSHA informs employers to focus on implementation of engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and use of personal protective equipment.  OSHA also advises employers to prepare an infectious disease preparedness and response plan to help guide protective actions against COVID-19.  If you already have this type of response program, you should add protection against COVID-19. Contact SafeLink for assistance with your COVID-19 Safety Management Program including templates and consulting with assistance in writing specific related policies. 

Get a list of Safety Actions When Resuming Your Dental Practice f COVID-19 

COVID-19 Safety & Infection Control Guidance for the Dental Practice

Proper Removal of PPE for Infection Control

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Topics: dentistry, health & safety, OSHA compliance, CDC guidance, infection control

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