|FAQ - Regulatory - Archived Through 2012
What do I need to do to ensure my office is OSHA-compliant?
A number of checklists are available to guide compliance efforts in the dental practice, including the comprehensive OSAP checklist published in the April 2003 edition of Infection Control In Practice. The OSAP checklist incorporates all regulations and recommendations that apply to dental infection control and safety, not just Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates. While checklists can help to guide and organize a practice compliance activities, OSHA states that checklists or other similar guides are not considered a substitute for any provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act or for any standards issued by OSHA. It is the standards themselves that are the legal requirements to which an employer is held, so it in your best interest to read them in their entirety. The federal OSHA Standards that relate to dentistry include:
Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, Hazard Communication Standard,
the Formaldehyde Standard,
the standard on Personal Protective Equipment,
and the Nitrous Oxide Standard.
If you practice in a state with its own OSHA Plan, contact the state OSHA office for additional regulations that may apply to your state.
Some dental practitioners contract a private dental consultant to perform a comprehensive assessment of the office for a fee. Contact your state/local dental societies for recommendations if you are interested in obtaining this service.