| FAQ - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Archived Through 2012
I am a dental hygienist who works part-time in more than one dental office. Does each employer have to provide and launder a smock to be worn when working in that particular office?
Your job puts you at risk for exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials, which, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), includes saliva. The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard requires that appropriate personal protective attire be provided at no cost to you by your employer. If you have more than one employer at different worksites, each employer must provide appropriate protective attire in the proper size. Employers also are responsible for maintaining personal protective equipment, including laundering and replacing as needed.(1).
1) OSHA. 29CFR 1910.1030. Bloodborne Pathogens, Final Rule. Available at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=10051