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2016 OSAP Annual Conference

Surface Disinfectants in Dentistry

OSAP Provides Clinical Contact Surface Disinfectant Resources - 2016 Toolkit             

CONTACT SURFACES |  SELECTION CRITERIA  |  PRODUCTS


WHAT ARE CLINICAL CONTACT SURFACES?              

Clinical contact surfaces are directly touched by contaminated instruments, devices, hands, or gloves. Examples of clinical contact surfaces include light handles, switches, reusable containers of dental materials, countertops, and telephone handles. Use barriers to protect these surfaces from contamination during treatment, or clean and disinfect them between patients.

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SELECTING PRODUCTS               

Because every practice setting is different, no one disinfectant is the best choice for every dental facility. Read disinfectant labels carefully and look for the following:

  1. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration number;
  2. That it is labeled as a "Hospital Disinfectant", i.e., germicide registered by the US EPA as effective against the test microorganisms Salmonella choleraesuis, Staphlococcus aureaus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa for use on nonliving objects in dental and medical facilities;
  3. Compatibility with surfaces, conditions of use and staff who will use it;
  4. Cleaning as well as disinfecting properties (for easier inventory management);
  5. Low allergenicity;
  6. Ease of use;
  7. Clear, easy-to-follow instructions;
  8. A reasonable contact time, i.e., 10 minutes or less;
  9. Acceptable storage and disposal requirements; and
  10. A reasonable use life and shelf life.

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SELECTED EPA-REGISTERED DISINFECTANTS                   


Click HERE for lists of antimicrobial products registered by the EPA that are effective against common pathogens, as indicated in the list titles.

Information about listed products is current as indicated by the dates on the lists. Click HERE for  product label information.

The EPA updates these registered disinfectant lists periodically to reflect label changes, cancellations and transfers of product registrations. Inclusion of products in these lists does not constitute an endorsement of one product over another. Before applying any EPA-registered disinfectant product, users must read the label to determine if the product is approved for the intended use site or pest.

USING CHEMICAL DISINFECTANTS SAFELY

  1. Read and follow label instructions
  2. Read and maintain copy of Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
  3. Don appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), usually heavy duty gloves, face mask and protective apparel

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