I’m not sure who I need to contact about this question, but hoping you can give me some direction…. We recently had a visit from a Dental Rep and he informed us that some laws have changed with OSHA and that we someone from our office had to attend this new Compliance, Audit and Update seminar. Is this true? Our office currently does an annual OSHA training, but is there a new law or changed law that we are required to know about?
Ask OSAP is not sure of what you are referring to since there are various OSHA standards with varying training requirements. Therefore, one cannot make a generalization about training requirements. Have you asked the Dental Rep for more specific details as to exactly what laws have changed?
In general, Ask OSAP recommends that you conduct a workplace assessment and determine which standards are applicable to your workplace (i.e., Bloodborne pathogens, Hazard Communication, etc.). Once that determination is made, then it is recommended that you determine what the specific training requirements are for each applicable standard.
OSHA does offer a publication for medical and dental offices that serves as a guide for workplace assessment and compliance. It can be accessed at this link:
OSHA also has a safety and health topic page for dentistry which can be accessed at:
Please note that there may be varying requirements in those states with State OSHA Programs. It is recommended that you contact OSHA in your state to find out if there are any different requirements. Further information about State OSHA Programs can be accessed at:
1) US Department of Labor – Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Medical & Dental Offices A Guide to Compliance with OSHA Standards OSHA 3187-09R 2003. http://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3187/osha3187.html Accessed on January 14, 2015.
2) US Department of Labor – Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Dentistry. http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/dentistry/index.html Accessed on January 14, 2015.
3) US Department of Labor – Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Frequently Asked Questions about State Occupational Safety and Health Plans. http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/osp/faq.html Accessed on January 14, 2015.