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Posted 1/17/2018 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 59
OSHA Fines North TX Dentist $5900 for Lack of Timely Staff Training
 OSHA recently fined a North Texas dental practice over $5,900 for two different violations of the Bloodborne Pathogens standard. OSHA asserted that the practice did not offer employees the opportunity to be tested after a needle stick injury and that the practice did not train their employees...  Read More
Posted 12/11/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 33
Revisiting Sexual Harassment
Recent media coverage makes it appropriate to revisit a topic that is relevant for even the smallest dental practice: Sexual harassment, and how to combat it.Sexual harassment prevention demands that team members know how to identify and respond to workplace harassment or discrimination. Reporting...  Read More
Posted 11/3/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 40
You won't believe what someone asked me!
You might be surprised at the lengths some dental practice owners take to cut their expenses. A dental hygienist recentlyposedthis question in a forum, “My dentist told me today that in order to cut down on electricity usage from the autoclave and to save money on sterilization bags, he wants...  Read More
Posted 11/3/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 35
Don't Forget Those Utility Gloves!
Hands are porous and can act like a sponge. Chemicals that are not meant for the body to absorb are used on a daily basis in a dental practice. Wearing the appropriate hand protection for a task is very important. The gloves used to treat patients are very different than the gloves to be worn to...  Read More
Posted 11/3/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 46
Are Scrubs Considered PPE?
That’s a question our Compliance Advisers are asked every week in the field. The short answer is “NO.” The long answer is a little more complex. Most scrub tops have short sleeves, which, for all practical purposes, makes them ill-suited for PPE, as PPE must cover the arms down to the wrists, to...  Read More
Posted 11/3/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 26
OSHA fines dental practice over $61,000
OSHA cited MD Dental Center PC, doing business as Smile Center Dental, for 26 alleged serious violations – including exposing workers to bloodborne pathogens hazards at the company’s facility in Washington, D.C. The inspection, initiated in response to a complaint, resulted in $61,600 in proposed...  Read More
Posted 10/19/2017 by dentalattorney in The Overlooked Basics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 41
Applying Risk Management to HR
When developing a risk management plan for your practice, there are a number of areas to focus on. This general list will get you started, but it is very important that you identify and evaluate the risks unique to your own practice. HR Activity ...  Read More
Posted 10/5/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 92
Court orders dentist to pay $85K to employee fired for safety complaint
It began when a Massachusetts dentist changed his practice's procedure for disposing of contaminated needles. He told those in his Beverly-based office to first remove the protective caps before dropping them into sharps disposal containers, allegedly to fill the containers with more used needles...  Read More
Posted 9/27/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 32
OSHA increases fines by 78%
In the passage of last year’s Federal budget, a provision was included allowing OSHA to increase fines by approximately 78%, effective August 1, 2016. This dramatic increase in fines was described as a "catch-up" based upon the inflation rate from 1990, when they were last raised, to the present....  Read More
Posted 9/22/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 58
September is Dental Infection Control Awareness Month
September is Dental Infection Control Awareness Month -  Back in March, The CDC released the new Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care. This is a must-read for every practice owner and clinician in the dental industry. Many of you might take...  Read More
Posted 9/13/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 31
How Much Can OSHA Cost You?
OSHA recently fined a dental practice for failing to protect employees from the risks of bloodborne pathogens. In all, OSHA issued 11 serious violations and four other-than-serious violations after conducting inspections at the practice’s two Illinois offices.A worker at one of the offices...  Read More
Posted 9/8/2017 by Smart Training in OSHA & HIPAA Compliance Made Easy   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 23
Back Safety in Dental Practices: Three Keys
More than a million American workers suffer back injuries each year, and 70% of all workers will experience low back pain, so avoiding musculoskeletal disorders is a vital part of dental office operations.OSHA safety regulations require that dental offices establish a safety program, perform...  Read More
Posted 8/24/2017 by vinhnguyendds in Nifty Thrifty Dentists Podcast   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 61
Nifty Thrifty Dentists Podcast Episode 2- Dr. Raghunath Puttiah- The Dental Yoda
Dr. Raghunath Puttaiah is a tenured professor at Texas A&M College of Dentistry and is a trainer for OSHA and HIPAA protocols. He joins Glenn and Vinh to talk about how to save money in your dental practice by not over doing personal protective equipment and also the dangers of keeping up with...  Read More

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