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OVERVIEW   |  RESEARCH PAPER  |  WORKING GROUP  |


 

Overview                     

NIOSH partnered with the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), to conduct a pilot project to evaluate the use of bloodborne pathogens exposure control plans in dentistry, an important segment of the non-hospital based healthcare system. The pilot project was designed to meet goals identified by the Healthcare and Social Assistance (HCSA) sector council including Intermediate Goal 4.6 (advocate for the establishment, annual update and implementation of a comprehensive exposure control plan) and Activity/Output Goals 4.6.1,2 and 4 (see Appendix A). The project was an online survey of private dental practices in the United States. The purposes of the survey were to inventory existing exposure control plans in private dental practices; determine whether the exposure control plan or other resources are actively used to prevent occupational exposures; determine available resources and barriers to use such as relevant educational materials, knowledge, costs, availability; and develop strategies to overcome key barriers to compliance.

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Research Paper               

 

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Working Group                 

Therese M Long MBA CAE

Executive Director

Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention

+1 (410) 571-0003; tlong@osap.org

 

Beverly Isman, RDH, MPH, ELS

Project Manager

Dental Public Health Consultant

530-758-1456; bev.isman@comcast.net

 

Helene Bednarsh, RDH, MPH,

Director, HIV Dental Ombudsperson Program

Boston Public Health Commission

617-534-3737; helene_bednarsh@bphc.org

 

Jennifer Cleveland, DDS, MPH

Dental Officer and Epidemiologist

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

770-488-6088; jlcleveland@cdc.gov

 

Amy Collins, RN, MPH

Epidemiologist

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

770-488-5808; acollins@cdc.gov

 

Eve Cuny, MS

Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Assistant Professor Department of Dental Practice, Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry

415-929-6610; ecuny@uop.edu

 

Kandis Garland, RDH, MS

Associate Professor, Department of Dental Hygiene

Idaho State University

208-282-6461; garlkand@isu.edu

 

Karen Gregory, RN

Director of Compliance and Education

Total Compliance, Inc.

980-233-1543; karen@totalmedicalcompliance.com

 

Elise Handelman, RN, MSEd

Consultant, Occupational Safety & Health

410-279-4525 ; eastportelise@comcast.net

Melissa Kemperman, MPH

Epidemiologist Consultant

GlobalEpi Research

443-281-8830; m.kemperman@globalepiresearch.com

 

Angela Laramie, MPH

Epidemiologist, Sharps Injury Surveillance Project

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

617-624-5641; angela.laramie@state.ma.us

 

Patricia Podolak, DDS, MPH

Owner/Consultant

Springhurst Associates, LLC

914-243-4649; vze27vte@verizon.net

 

Helen Ristic, PhD

Director, Scientific Information

American Dental Association

312-440-2553; ristich@ada.org

 

Olivia Wann, RDA, BS, JD

Owner/Consultant

Modern Practice Solutions

931-232-7738; Olivia@modernpracticesol.com

 

Committee Consultants:

Kathy Eklund RDH MHP

Director, Occupational Health & Safety

The Forsyth Institute

617-892-8216; keklund@forsyth.org

 

Shira Kramer, PhD

Owner/Epidemologist

Epidemiology International

800-511-1659; s.kramer@globalepiresearch.com

 

NIOSH Project Officers: 

James Boiano, MS, CIH

Senior Industrial Hygienist

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

513-841-4246; jmb4@cdc.gov

 

Susan McCrone, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, RN

NIOSH Consultant

West Virginia University

304-285-6095; wqd5@cdc.gov

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This study is one of the first to examine extent of awareness of and compliance with OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens standard in private dental practices, particularly with respect to having an exposure control plan. This information supports the need for increased continuing education and training on methods to prevent occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens in dental settings. To access the paper online, visit:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28570085, or https://www.dentalaegis.com/cced/2017/06/use-of-bloodborne-pathogens-exposure-control-plans-in-private-dental-practices-results-and-clinical-implications-of-a-national-survey

 

To learn more about healthcare safety and health, visit:  http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/healthcare/

 

NIOSH is the federal institute that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. More information can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/.

  

 

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