Regulatory Compliance
The Dental Board and Cal/OSHA are not the only entities that regulate your practice. Find out about these other entities and how they can impact your practice. Start your Cal/OSHA compliance process by downloading our Regulatory Compliance Manual and customize it for use in your office. Also, download required documents, checklists, forms and more.
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Prescribing, dispensing, and administering controlled substances requires registration with the DEA and compliance with state and federal laws. Read this article to learn more about reporting lost/stolen drugs and prescription forms, disposing of controlled substances, and the state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
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This guide  includes excerpts from California Radiation Control Regulations Title 17. Dental practices with x-ray equipment are required to have a copy of this guide or a copy of Title 17. They also are required to have a written radiation safety program. A template for a radiation safety program is included in the guide, as well as information to provide pregnant employees. This guide is part of the CDA Regulatory Compliance Manual. Updated December 2013
This is a list of best management practices and information resources on managing amalgam waste.
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In doing a little research on behalf of a member, I made a happy discovery. The member did not want to sign a contract for the monthly pick-up of biohazardous waste. She generates the waste occasionally. She was unhappy about being possibly forced to sign a contract because it appeared to be the only disposal method available to her. I contacted the Department of Public Health with a series of questions. My primary question was could a waste hauler demand what it was demanding from this dentist. I never got the answer to that question. Instead, the DPH told me of the new disposal option.    Read more >>
Have you looked at a material safety data sheet (MSDS) recently? What about the label on your bottle of disinfectant? Over the next few years the look of, and information on, MSDS and product labels will change because federal OSHA has adopted revisions to the Hazard Communication Standard. The revisions to the standard include requiring all employers (including dental practices)using hazardous substances train employees on the new hazard communication system. December 1, 2013 is federal OSHA's deadline for employers to train employees. Compliance with other elements of the rule must be met by June 1, 2016.    Read more >>
Amalgam separators are required for most dental offices in the San Francisco Bay area, but what about other California dental practices? Many of you are aware that EPA announced in 2010 that it would develop a rule that will require amalgam separators for dental practices across the country. The rule was to be released in 2011 and finalized in 2012. I can tell you that after I attended a state environmental conference, those other dental practices can continue to wait.    Read more >>
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If you provide employment references for former employees, direct staff that references are provided only by the practice owner, or specific supervisor. Be consistent and keep the information professional and limited to the job title, duties performed in the office, dates of employment, salary range and if the employee is eligible for rehire.