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Dental Hygiene Safety Training

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. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Dental Hygienists.

OSHA Required Training

Bloodborne Pathogens OSHA Regulation: 1910.1030(g)(2)

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.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable Bloodborne Pathogens Training Resources (free):

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Awareness Powerpoint

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Bloodborne Pathogens Training Videos (paid):

  • Bloodborne Pathogens in Industrial Facilities by Atlantic Training

  • Bloodborne Pathogens in Healthcare Facilities by Atlantic Training

  • Bloodborne Pathogens in First Response Environments by Atlantic Training

HazCom / GHS OSHA Regulation: 1910.1200(h)

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 Frequency

When there is a change.

Downloadable HazCom / GHS Training Resources (free):

  • HazCom / GHS Powerpoint

  • HazCom / GHS Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

HazCom / GHS Training Videos (paid):

  • HazCom (GHS) in Industrial Facilities by Atlantic Training

  • GHS Safety Data Sheets Training Video by Atlantic Training

  • HazCom (GHS) in Healthcare Facilities by Atlantic Training

First Aid OSHA Regulation: 1910.266 App B

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 Frequency

Retraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.

Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):

  • Basic First Aid Powerpoint

  • First Aid Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

First Aid Training Videos (paid):

  • First Aid by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid: React & Respond AHA by Summit Training

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment OSHA Regulation: 1910.132(f)

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 Frequency

Retraining 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.

Downloadable Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Resources (free):

  • Personal Protective Equipment Powerpoint

  • Personal Protective Equipment Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Videos (paid):

  • ppe

    Personal Protective Equipment by Atlantic Training

  • ppe construction

    Personal Protective Equipment in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Personal Protective Equipment Refresher by Atlantic Training

Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)

Back Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Back Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Back Safety Powerpoint

  • Back Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Back Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Back Safety by Atlantic Training

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    Back Safety: Lift for Life by Summit Training

  • Back Safety: The Ergonomic Connection by Summit Training

Hand Hygiene

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Hand Hygiene Training Resources (free):

  • Hand Hygiene Powerpoint

  • Hand Hygiene Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hand Hygiene Training Videos (paid):

  • Hand Hygiene The Best Medicine by Coastal Training / DuPont

  • Hand Hygiene For Hands That Care by Coastal Training / DuPont

  • Handwashing Avoiding Germs And Viruses At Work by Coastal Training / DuPont

Ergonomics

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):

  • Ergonomics Powerpoint

  • Ergonomics Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Ergonomics Training Videos (paid):

  • Industrial Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Office Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Laboratory Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

HIPAA

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable HIPAA Training Resources (free):

  • HIPAA Powerpoint

  • HIPAA Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

HIPAA Training Videos (paid):

  • HIPAA Rules And Compliance by Atlantic Training

  • HIPAA Rules & Compliance by Coastal Training / DuPont

  • HIPAA by Atlantic Training

Eye Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Eye Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Eye Safety Powerpoint

  • Eye Protection Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Eye Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Eye Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Eye Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Eye Safety: No Second Chances by Summit Training Source

Patient Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Patient Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Patient Safety Powerpoint

  • Patient Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Patient Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Patient Safety: A Critical Issue by Envision Inc

  • Patient Safety Light The Way by Coastal Training / DuPont

  • Patient Safety Coaching and Teamwork by Coastal Training / DuPont

Workplace Violence

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Workplace Violence Training Resources (free):

  • Workplace Violence Powerpoint

  • Workplace Violence Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Workplace Violence Training Videos (paid):

  • Workplace Violence by Atlantic Training

  • Safety Matters: Active Shooter Preparedness by Coastal Training

  • Workplace Violence First Line of Defense by Coastal Training

CPR & AED

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable CPR & AED Training Resources (free):

  • CPR & AED Powerpoint

  • CPR & AED Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

CPR & AED Training Videos (paid):

  • CPR 2000 by Atlantic Training

  • CPR And AED: The Chain Of Survival by Coastal Training

  • Adult Child and Infant CPR and AED by Atlantic Training

Injury Risk

  • Very Low
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • HIGH
  • VERY HIGH

4.5% (rough approximation based on nursing and residential care facilities -> health care and social assistance industry) 4.5% Annual Injury Rate

Dental Hygiene Safety Tips

Quick Tip

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.

X-ray safety

  • 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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