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Update your dental practice's COVID-19 prevention plan

CDA's COVID-19 Addendum to IIPP complies with new Cal/OSHA standards

June 24, 2021 3389

Quick Summary:

The updated addendum covers the newest requirements and state guidance related to worker and patient screening, use of face coverings, physical distancing and the requirement to make respirators available for voluntary use to employees who are not fully vaccinated.

CDA has updated its COVID-19 Prevention Plan to reflect the revised Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards that took effect June 17. 

The emergency standards require dentists to either develop a new written prevention program for COVID-19 or to add specific elements to their existing injury and illness prevention program. This requirement has been in place since the initial emergency standards took effect Nov. 30. 

Any Cal/OSHA inspection of a dental practice will include a request to see a stand-alone COVID-19 written prevention program or the COVID-19 addendum to the practice’s injury and illness prevention plan. Dentists can use CDA’s customizable COVID-19 prevention plan as an addendum to the practice’s IIPP. 

The updated addendum covers the newest requirements and state guidance related to worker and patient screening, use of face coverings, physical distancing and the employer’s requirement to make respirators available for voluntary use to employees who are not fully vaccinated. 

It also includes updated definitions of “close contact,” “face covering,” “fully vaccinated” and other terms and addresses risk assessment of work areas and tasks; identification and evaluation of exposures to COVID-19 health hazards; accommodation for employees with conditions that put them at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness; infection-prevention training for employees; and other required elements. 

Dentists can access the updated COVID-19 Addendum to the IIPP as part of CDA’s Regulatory Compliance Manual or the California State Reopening Guidance for Dental Practices.