Category Archive for: ‘California Dental Regulation’

  • 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 reference as a regulatory requirement. …

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  • Disposing of Pharmaceutical Waste – Dental Regulations

    Pharmaceutical waste in a dental office is regulated as medical waste, and includes expired or partially-used over-the-counter medications, patient prescriptions, and emergency drugs. Since California is the strictest state in terms of medical waste disposal, California’s requirements are provided below. The specific requirements will vary …

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  • Jewelry and Artificial Nails: OK During Dental Treatment? – Infection Control

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    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 jewelry that could interfere with …

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  • OSHA Requires Written Programs – Dental Regulations

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    Part of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created in 1970 to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance. OSHA …

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  • March 1st is reporting deadline for 2014 breaches affecting fewer than 500

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    HIPAA-covered dental offices must notify the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) of any breaches of protected health information PHI affecting fewer than 500 patients within 60 days of the end of the calendar year in which the breach was …

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  • OSHA Review Compliance System Offer – Expires March 13, 2015

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    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 up-to-date, accurate regulatory information delivered …

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  • Hazcom Deadlines for Manufacturers Looming – Dental Regulation

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    In 2013, OSHA revised its Hazard Communication (Hazcom) Standard to align with the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Affecting mostly chemical manufacturers, distributors, and importers, the major changes to the Hazcom Standard require a new hazard classification system …

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  • FDA Approves New Abuse-Deterrent Hydrocodone Product – Dental Regulations

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    In November 2014, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new extended-release, single-entity opioid analgesic with abuse-deterrent properties. The drug, Hysingla ER, comes in tablet form that is difficult to crush, break, or dissolve, or as a thick gel that cannot be …

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  • ATD Reminder: Dentists are Conditionally Exempt – Infection Control

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    With the measles outbreak in California and the flu outbreaks nationwide, dental staff need to make sure they are screening patients for these diseases prior to treating patients. In California, Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) Standard requires healthcare providers to follow certain precautions to prevent …

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  • CDC MMWR: Risk of Occupational-Acquired HIV is Low, Thanks to Infection Control

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    “Documented occupational acquisition to HIV infection in healthcare workers has become rare in the United States,” states the January 9th edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Since 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been notified of only a single confirmed …

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