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PPE Requirements for Dental Practices

September 28, 2022 30704

Information on this chart is based on the CDC recommendations and Cal/OSHA requirements. The Cal/OSHA COVID-19 emergency temporary standard definition for face covering is “a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers that completely covers the nose and mouth and is secured to the head with ties, ear loops, or elastic bands that go behind the head. If gaiters are worn, they shall have two layers of fabric or be folded to make two layers. A face covering is a solid piece of material without slits, visible holes, or punctures, and must fit snugly over the nose, mouth, and chin with no large gaps on the outside of the face. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar, or single layer of fabric.

California Department of Public Health September 20, 2022 guidance state that masks must continue to be worn by visitors, patients and employees in healthcare settings. Masking may be optional if all three of the following are true: only in non-clinical areas, there have been no outbreaks in the facility and COVID-19 Community Level is low.

** If consistent with office uniform policy, dental team members should change out of street clothes into clinical attire upon arrival to the office. Clinical attire is not considered PPE. PPE should be donned prior to seeing patients. Lab coats worn as the outermost garment that provide adequate protection for the employee may be considered PPE. A gown may be a more appropriate choice of protective attire for most dental procedures.
^ PPE in these scenarios should be changed between patients when visibly wet or soiled.
# PPE, including gowns, should be changed between patients.
+ For staff performing in-office laundering duties, it is recommended that a surgical mask, face shield or eye protection, gloves, clinical attire, and gown are worn. Follow established protocols for donning and doffing for cleaning patient care areas.

Resources 

NIOSH Certified Equipment List Search 

FDA N95 Respirators, Surgical Masks, Face Masks and Barrier Face Coverings 

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