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2017 OSAP Annual Conference

Public Health Dentistry End 2-2-2014





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 Fall 2013

  • 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.

  • Oral Health America recently released its report card on access to care for our nation's seniors. The report is entitled A State of Decay: the Oral Health of Older Americans.
  • The number of people treated for serious dental infections in the hospital is rising, according to a study published in the September 2013 issue of the Journal of Endodontics. A group of Boston scientists conducted a retrospective analysis to learn whether associations between patient characteristics and hospitalization outcomes might exist. Click here to learn more about the study.

  • The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requiring employer training by December 1, 2013 regarding new methods for communicating to workers the presence of hazardous chemicals in the workplace. Click here to access the OSHA Hazard Communication webpage.

  • OSAP offers a OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Update webpage which can be accessed here.

    The US Public Health Service has updated recommendations for the management of healthcare personnel (HCP) who experience occupational exposure to blood and/or other body fluids that might contain human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This updated guidance is published in the September 2013 issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology .
  • The United Nations World Heath Organization (WHO) and Health Care Without Harm – an international coalition of health care organizations and professionals – have joined forces to launch a new initiative to get mercury removed from all medical measuring devices by 2020.
  • To help patients, families and healthcare professionals understand their role in preventing infections, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced a new multi-year education and awareness effort. The Infection Prevention and You campaign was launched in conjunction with International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), Oct. 20-26, 2013.
  • Although hepatitis B virus (HBV) transmission in dental settings is rare, in 2009 a cluster of acute HBV infections was reported among attendees of a two-day portable dental clinic in West Virginia. Click here to access the report published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.
  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MRSA infections are not dropping in children. Click here for the full story.

  • Citing genetic testing performed at the CDC, Oklahoma’s state epidemiologist said there was at least one instance in which a Tulsa’s dentist’s practice spread hepatitis C between patients. Click here to access the Oklahoma State Department of Health Press Release.

  • OSAP offers a hepatitis C prevention informational toolkit which can be accessed here.

  • The CDC says that three germs are urgent threats to USA's health. 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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