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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Get Ready--Cuz Here They Come: OSHA Inspectors Hot on New CDC Infection Control Guidelines for Dental Office Setting
IF SALIVA WERE RED VIDEO(click below to play)You've been in dentistry a long time, right? Undoubtedly you know what is considered "Right & Wrong" when it comes to Sterilization & Disinfection, correct? Don't be too sure...We've all sat through that Infection Control Class in Dental School...  Read More
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
Top 5 OSHA Requirements Inspectors Look for in the Dental Office...
Do you consider your ? If so, congrats!But if you have some doubts, here are some tips that may help you out:1.   Is your OSHA Manual up to date?An OSHA Manual is a required document to have up-to-date and customized specifically to your dental office location. If your OSHA Manual is  Compliant,...  Read More
HIPAA Audits:  BRING IT! Successful Actions Every Dental Office Needs to Take  To Be in Control of their HIPAA Compliance
With the new wave of , (that began in November 2016 and are still running strong in 2017), most dental offices don’t know where to start to streamline their efforts. Turning the other cheek to this big, bold requirement won’t make it go away. And burying your head-in-the-sand will only...  Read More
Dentaltown Learning Online "The New OSHA Hazard Communication Standard" by Leslie Canham
Dentaltown Learning Online is proud to present OSHA expert Leslie Canham CDA, RDA and hernew CE course..."The New OSHA Hazard Communication Standard" This course satisfies the new requirements mandated for your staff.This course can be found here...The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard is now...  Read More
HIPAA, OSHA, Compliance Officer - Because we can never address these things enough
The stress induced by uttering these words in a practice is truly palpable.The offers members The HIPAA Privacy and Security Manual with CD-ROM and three years of updates (revised to include changes prescribed by the 2013 Omnibus Final Rule).**** For HIPAA Compliant eMail, consider   Read More
Confidently Clean, How OSHA Training Improves Your Office with Leslie Canham : Howard Speaks Podcast #19
Dr. Howard Farran and Leslie Canham go over OSHA and infection control, protecting your practice, patients and team.Audio Podcast: Howard Speaks Audio Podcast #19 with Leslie Canham Video Podcast: Howard...  Read More

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