OSHA Required Training
When OSHA Requires Bloodborne Pathogens Training:Required for employees that may be occupationally exposed to blood or potentially infectious materials. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
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When OSHA Requires HazCom / GHS Training:Employees that may be exposed to hazardous substances as part of their job. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyWhen there is a change.
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When OSHA Requires First Aid Training:In the absence of a nearby hospital or clinic (more than 4 minutes away), a designated employee should be trained to render first aid. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyRetraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.
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When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Training FrequencyRetraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.
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Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)
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Dental Hygiene Safety Tips
As a dental hygienist, you will be expected to counsel your patients on proper tooth care and nutrition. Learning as much as you can about these aspects of oral hygiene will help you to better give advice, and keep your own teeth safe from cavities and decay.
The growing field of dental hygiene is an exciting opportunity for anyone who loves working with people. As a dental hygienist, you are literally putting great smiles on people’s faces. As with any line of work though, there are certain areas of danger to be avoided. In any medical profession in particular, you are putting yourself at risk of exposure to disease and illness. By keeping some basic safety tips in mid while you re working in your dental office, you will be better prepared to handle any emergency situation that might arise, while also keeping yourself and your patients as safe as possible.
Basic safety in the office
- Learn the emergency procedures for your dental office, and know them well.
- Be aware of the location of all emergency exits, practice drills with your coworkers of what to do in the event of a fire. Patients will be looking to you for help if an emergency arises.
- Keep walkways clear of clutter to ensure that you and patients don’t trip on any objects on the ground.
- Know the location of fire extinguishers and learn how to use them.
- Keep all sharp objects organized and safe. Never let a patient or anyone untrained handle equipment they are not familiar with.
- Never run through the hallways of the office. Always walk.
- Communicate with patients and co-workers. Your co-workers will help you if you alert them to a potentially dangerous situation, and keeping your patients informed of exactly what you are doing at all times will cut down on the potential for accidents.
Keep the office sterile
- Practice thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all equipment after every patient. This will cut down on the spread of germs.
- Learn proper biohazard safety precautions. Never handle sharps or biological waste, such as teeth, without gloves to protect yourself from potential infection.
- Make sure all sharps and waste are put in properly labeled receptacles.
- Use the appropriate mask while performing a cleaning to prevent the spread of germs.
- Wipe down all cabinets and counter tops with a disinfectant regularly.
- Never operate an x-ray machine unless you have received extensive training, these machines emit powerful radiation that can be dangerous if not used properly.
- If you need to take an x-ray of a patient’s teeth, make sure to wear the proper gear, usually a lead vest. Stand away from the machine, preferably behind a wall with protective measures.
Keep Yourself Healthy
- Exercise and eat well at home. This will help you to keep up a strong immune system to deal with being in close contact with a lot of people on a daily basis.
- Take advantage of mirrors, don’t strain your back or neck while performing teeth cleanings.
- When sitting, practice proper posture and stretch your neck at regular intervals to make sure you aren’t sustaining long-term injuries.
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