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6/22/2017 » 6/25/2017
2017 OSAP Annual Conference

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 2013 - 2014


  • Flu season is upon us. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should receive an annual flu shot. The CDC has stressed that healthy people who were immunized against flu last year should also be immunized again this year. Universal immunization of healthcare personnel has emerged as an important patient safety issue. Dental health professionals working with the public are also at high risk of coming into contact with individuals who have flu. More information about influenza can be obtained from the CDC, APIC and OSAP websites.
  • 2014 National Oral Health Conference will take place April 28-30, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. Click here to learn more.
  • NIH News in Health featured in the February 2014 issue Stop the Spread of Superbugs.
  • A report from the National Association of County and City Health Officials discusses how local health departments and their size and priorities have changed in recent years.
  • The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has updated the recommended immunization schedule for adults aged 19 years and older. Click here to access the current immunization schedules for all age groups.
  • World Oral Health Day is scheduled for March 20.
  • The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s (AAPD) has released the first-ever State of Little Teeth Report. This report underscores the significant threat that tooth decay has to the health, welfare and future of children in the US.
  • The SPNS Innovations in Oral Health Care Webinar Series is now available online.
  • The American Dental Association (ADA) has issued a disease prevention paper which says the most cost-effective way to ensure optimal dental health in children and adults is through prevention, education and behavioral modifications.
  • The US Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released new resources to protect hospital workers and enhance patient safety. Click here to learn more.
  • The 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was observed on January 11.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published CDC Guidance for Evaluating Health-Care Personnel for Hepatitis B Virus Protection and for Administering Postexposure Management.
  • Infectious diseases dominated health news in 2013. Click here to learn more.
  • Be sure to bookmark, The Internet's HIV/AIDS Oral Healthcare Resource.

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, eye 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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