Alert: COVID-19 closures
The closure order from July 13 does not impact dental practices.
CalOSHA advises dentists to provide staff with respiratory protection from aerosols generated by dental devices such as ultrasonics, rotary, air abrasion, air-water syringe and other similar mechanical dental devices when treating patients. Medical evaluation and fit-testing is a CalOSHA requirement for use of most respirators, including the N95. Included below is information on other respirators, how to complete medical evaluation and fit testing and compliance documentation.
Resources are available for dentists to do the required initial fit test themselves should they wish to do so.
3M Filtering Facepiece Respirators FAQ, June 2020Get answers to common questions about filtering facepiece respirators.
N95 Fit Testing RequirementsLearn the steps to performing a required N95 fit test in accordance with Cal/OSHA regulations.
Equivalent Respirators and CounterfeitsGuidance on obtaining suitable N95 alternatives and tips to spot counterfeit products.
Regulatory Compliance: Respirators and Fit Testing Understand the importance of documenting the implementation of a respiratory protection program.
Respiratory Protection Program Download the Respiratory Protection Program form.
Respirator Decontamination Guidance Interim guidance on reusing disposable N95 filtering face piece respirators that have been decontaminated.