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5/28/2015 » 5/30/2015
2015 OSAP Symposium

Public Health Dentistry




Infection Prevention and Safety

State oral health programs have a shared responsibility for the safe delivery of oral health care. ASTDD is partnering with the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) to link states to technical assistance, educational materials, information on policy development and other resources on infection prevention and safety.

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In The News Winter 2014 - 2015

Flu season has hit the US particularly hard this year, and the widespread outbreak has officially been declared an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CDC, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) recommend that all US health care workers get vaccinated annually against influenza.
The CDC Division of Oral Health has updated and redesigned it's website including the page on infection control in dental settings which can be accessed at 
The CDC continues to maintain an Ebola webpage with regular updates. Ebola deaths have exceeded 8,000. 
Time Magazine chose Ebola fighters as its ‘person of the year’.  
The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has released The use of prophylactic antibiotics prior to dental procedures in patients with prosthetic joints. 
Since 2005, the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has sponsored the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace Safety and Health. In mid-2014, NPPTL asked the IOM to convene a workshop, The Use and Effectiveness of Powered Air Purifying Respirators in Health Care, to help prioritize and accelerate NIOSH activities to update certification requirements for powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) for use in health care. 
The Joint Commission's has released its National Patient Safety Goals presentation for 2015
Click here to access Public Health Online, an informative website that includes:
Expert-driven data and information about careers in the field, online learning options, and how students can gain valuable professional experience even before graduation. Key features include:
An in-depth look at public health issues and the importance of public health education
A detailed examination of high-quality, available online public health degrees and specializations
A guide to online MPH programs
Tips for choosing a high-quality, affordable online program that meets the student’s education and career goals
A public health career fit quiz
In a recent media release, the NIH has indicated that grantees have overcome a hurdle in killing HIV infected cells that have come out of hiding. Click here to access the news release.
The top 10 stories for 2014 on Public Health Newswire can be accessed here
For further information about Infection Prevention and Safety Guidelines, Education and Training, Policies and Other Resources see the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention.


A non-profit organization, OSAP is a unique group of dental practitioners, allied healthcare workers, industry representatives, and other interested persons with a collective mission to promote infection control and related science-based health and safety policies and practices. OSAP supports this commitment to dental workers and the public through quality education and information dissemination. OSAP is a trusted source of information for dental educators, consultants, clinicians, researchers and policy makers that provides timely updates, advanced education, innovative training tools, referenced answers to vexing infection control questions and proven strategies to address compliance challenges. Its checklists, issue foci and position papers provide practical, scientifically sound information and recommendations on specific issues like H1N1, dental unit water quality, "green" infection control, instrument processing, surface asepsis, percutaneous injuries, and much more.

Examples of some of the tools include:

OSAP Infection Control Considerations for Dental Services in Sites Using Portable Equipment or Mobile Vans - Site Analysis

OSAP Infection Control Checklist for Dental Programs Using Mobile Vans or Portable Dental Equipment


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 Other Safety Resources

Other safety issues include ergonomics, ey protection, use of visible light cure units, noise control, handling of dental mercury, ventilation, nitrous oxide, radiation from dental x-rays, etc.
American Dental Association
ADA resources on infection control

Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors
ASTDD and OSAP are working cooperatively to integrate infection control and safety throughout ASTDD's policies, best practices and other resources. Click HERE to see the implementation plan for this integration process.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC has a worker health and safety webpage
See also CDC Emergency Response Guide that recently was updated
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Numerous resources and a searchable database
OSAP Emergency Preparedness Issue Toolkit
A collection of emergency preparedness resources and information
Safety and Health Topics for Dentistry from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA standards and directives related to dentistry

Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual, Chapter 4, Section VIII
Numerous resources that apply to dental and other healthcare settings

USAF Dental Evaluation and Consultation Service (DECS)
Numerous resources that apply to dental and other healthcare settings  
Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective This health literacy resource from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is an11-part Toolkit that provides a detailed and comprehensive set of guidelines to help you make written material in printed formats easier for people to read, understand, and use.
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