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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 Summer 2014

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged US health workers to be vigilant as the Ebola virus’s toll grows in Africa. Click here to access an Infographic about Ebola.
The Joint Commission has issued a Sentinel Event Alert to the healthcare industry regarding unsafe injection practices.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety warning against the prescription of lidocaine solution for teething pain. 
World Hepatitis Day was observed on July 28. Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, wrote about World Hepatitis Day at the White House – July 30: A Call to Action for Public Health Leadership.
The FDA released information about Faster, Easier Cures for Hepatitis C. 
The CDC reported that the HPV vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine that prevents cancer, but it continues to be underutilized 
The CDC director said that we need to act now before we are living in an antibiotic resistant world. 
Researchers reported an alarming global rise in the use of antibiotics.  
The first locally acquired case of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne disease, was reported July 17 in Florida. This newly reported case represents the first time that mosquitoes in the continental United States are thought to have spread the virus to a non-traveler. 
An UNAIDS report concluded that 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV today do not know that they have the virus.
The CDC released new HIV testing recommendations.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) epublished the July 23 issue dedicated to HIV disease. Two articles in this issue were authored by IAS–USA volunteer expert panels. One article, “Antiretroviral Treatment of Adult HIV Infection: 2014 Recommendations of the International Antiviral Society–USA Panel,” is the most recent update to the IAS–USA evidence-based recommendations on the use of antiretroviral therapy. The second article, “HIV Prevention in Clinical Care Settings: 2014 Recommendations of the International Antiviral Society–USA Panel,” is a new initiative that seeks to integrate state-of-the art biomedical and behavioral approaches to preventing HIV infection. To view the articles, please visit

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, 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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