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The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is conducting an online survey January 28 - March 31. The survey will gather information from private dental practices concerning use of exposure control plans for reducing the risk of exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials.



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The CDC estimate that healthcare workers sustain nearly 600,000 percutaneous injuries annually involving contaminated sharps. In response, Congress passed the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act directing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to revise the Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Standard to establish requirements that employers identify and make use of effective and safer medical devices.

Since this was published in 2001, OSHA has determined that compliance with these standards significantly reduces the risk that workers will contract a bloodborne disease in the course of their work. However, exposure control plans for BBP, and policies and standards for healthcare workers are based primarily on hospital data. Little information is known about the risk management practices in non-hospital settings.

The OSAP survey is targeted at dental settings, an important segment of the non-hospital based healthcare system. It will attempt to:

  • Inventory existing exposure control plans in private dental practices;
  • Determine whether the exposure control plan or other resource is 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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Participants & Survey


Private dental practices are invited to participate in this important research by completing the brief anonymous online survey.

The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and should be completed by only one person in the practice, preferably the one who has responsibility for implementing OSHA regulations.

Please click HERE to complete the brief survey.

Thank you for your support of dental safety!



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The Results

At the conclusion of the survey, a report containing aggregate data from all respondents will be published and made available to the dental healthcare community. The data from this survey may lead to improved health and safety of dental care workers.

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Additional Safety Resources

ADA ADA American Dental Association 

CDC Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

DECS US Air Force Dental Evaluation & Consultation Services

NIOSH National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health

OSAP Organization for Safety, Asepsis & Prevention

OSHA Occupational Safety & Health Administration


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