Category Archive for: ‘California Dental Regulation’

  • Fake Fingernails – Not a Good Idea in the Dental Office – Infection Control

    While not prohibited, the 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 to no longer than ¼ inch in length. Artificial nails have been implicated in multiple outbreaks …

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  • Safe Needle Handling During Dental Treatment – Infection Control

    In order to prevent needle sticks, OSHA prohibits dental practitioners from performing unsafe work practices during needle handling. During patient care, it is important to always handle contaminated needles safely: Do not pass or accept exposed contaminated needles to/from another person. Do not bend, break, …

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  • Mail-Back Systems for Medical Waste Disposal – Infection Control

    Dentists have options when disposing of medical waste, consisting of red-bag waste and contaminated sharps, generated in their offices. Many states allow medical waste generators to use approved mail-back systems for medical waste disposal, which provide a simple, economical alternative to using a medical waste …

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  • Controling Biofilm in Dental Unit Waterlines – Infection Control

    Biofilms are microbial communities that form on the walls of the small-bore plastic tubing that delivers water from the dental unit through the dental handpieces, scalers, and air-water syringes to the patient. Currently, no quantitative water quality standards specific to dentistry exist to control biofilm …

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  • San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance to take effect on August 13th

    Effective August 13, 2014, businesses with 20 or more employees located or doing business in San Francisco must comply with the city’s new Fair Chance Ordinance. On February 4, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the new local law which implements restrictions on criminal …

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  • FDA Issues Infection Control Reminder About Multiple-Use Dental Dispenser

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory notifying dental practitioners to take care when using dental dispensers on multiple patients. Multiple-use dental dispensers, also called dental “syringes” are devices used to deliver various dental products such as impression materials and adhesives to an …

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  • Communicating with Hearing-Impaired Patients

    We have received calls in the past from dentists asking if they are required to pay for a sign-language interpreter for hearing-impaired patients. The short answer to the question is – it depends. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires dentists to provide care for patients …

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  • OSHA Dental Compliance – Written Plans

    Do you know OSHA requires dental offices to have written OSHA safety plans in place that specify how various hazards in the office will be controlled to protect employees? Employers, including dental offices, must have these customized written plans onsite and available to employees covering …

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  • Check Your Mail – OSHA Review July August Newsletter

    The July/August issue of OSHA Review, providing an update on HIPAA requirements, has been mailed. Enclosed with the issue is an informational document that answers dentists frequently asked questions about HIPAA. Note this issue is worth 2 CE credits toward your license renewal. The HIPAA …

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  • California Employers – Get Ready for Minimum Wage Increase

    On July 1, 2014, the first of two minimum wage increases planned for the next two years will go into effect in California. The minimum wage, currently at $8 per hour, will increase to $9 per hour on July 1, and will go up to …

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