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Cal/OSHA regulations focus on workplace safety. The regulations address injury and illness prevention, hazard communication, permissible exposure levels, and much more.

New safety sharps product available to dentists
08/15/2019
A new safety sharps product, the Verena Solutions SimpleCAP, is available to dentists and can be purchased from most major suppliers. Dental practices are required by the Cal/OSHA bloodborne pathogens regulation to regularly evaluate the appropriateness of using safety sharps with the goal of reducing needlesticks and other “sharps” injuries that can cause exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
Dentists must screen patients for measles, other ATDs, prior to providing treatment
06/03/2019
As the number of measles cases in California and at least 25 other states continues to rise, becoming the highest number of reported cases in the U.S. since 1994, dental practices should ensure that they are screening patients for the highly contagious virus and other aerosol transmissible diseases prior to providing treatment.
CDA’s 2019-20 Required Poster Set mails to practice owners in April
04/16/2019
Several state and federal agencies require dental practices to conspicuously display specific health, safety and employee rights information in the office. To help its members keep ahead of these posting requirements, CDA produces an easy-to-display poster set to reflect current regulations and compliance requirements. The 2019-20 Poster Set will be available this month and includes notices from the EDD, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and others.
FDA bans active ingredients from nonprescription antiseptic products
01/24/2018
In a final rule issued by the Food and Drug Administration, 24 active ingredients used in nonprescription antiseptic products are “not generally recognized as safe and effective” (GRAS/GRAE) for use by health care professionals in health care settings or situations “due to insufficient data.” The ban applies to use of these ingredients in over-the-counter antiseptics and takes effect Dec. 20, 2018.
Updates to 2017-18 Required Poster Set
12/20/2017
Regulatory changes have occurred since the printing of the 2017-18 CDA Required Poster Set. As of December 2017 the three changes are: an updated Wage Order 4-2001 to reflect increases in the state minimum wage; a “Transgender Rights in the Workplace” poster that must be posted beginning Jan. 1, 2018; and an updated “Safety and Health Protection on the Job” notice.
Check the dates on your required poster set
12/05/2017
As a member benefit, CDA Practice Support offers an easy-to-display poster set that contains all the latest health, safety and employee rights information practice owners need to post to comply with state and federal agency regulations.
Well-stocked emergency medical kits can help mitigate risk
05/25/2017
Emergency preparedness can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Well-trained staff and clear emergency protocols are essential, as are regularly performed drills to ensure expediency should an emergency occur. But one of the simplest ways to prevent an emergency from becoming a tragedy is a well-stocked and up-to-date emergency kit.
FDA bans use of powdered gloves in health care
01/09/2017
Dentists, physicians and other health care professionals will no longer be allowed to use powdered gloves when treating patients, per a rule finalized Dec. 16 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The rule was first proposed in March 2016 and takes effect Jan. 18.
Infection control reminders for dental offices
07/18/2016
There are a number of actions taken every day for every patient receiving care in a dental office. Below are reminders for four infection control procedures that are easily misunderstood, what can happen and how to prevent repeating mistakes.
Hazard communication compliance deadline near
03/22/2016
The final deadline for compliance with the hazard communication regulation is June 1. The deadline marks the end of an almost three-year process to bring employers and product manufacturers and distributors in line with a global system of chemical labeling and classification.
OSHA updates eyewash station resource
08/20/2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently updated its resource for maintaining eyewash stations in the dental practice. The OSHA Infosheet states that the ANSI standard for eyewashes specifies that eyewashes must be capable of delivering tepid flushing fluid to the eyes not less than 1.5 liters per minute (0.4 gpm) for 15 minutes after a single movement and subsequent hands-free operation.
Precautionary measures in aftermath of measles scare
02/10/2015
As California grapples with a large measles outbreak, now numbering 107 cases as of Feb. 9, health officials highly recommend health care professionals and their staff get the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) combination vaccination, if they have not already been immunized.
Emergency kit basics for dental practices
11/26/2013
Some states may have more rigorous emergency kit requirements, and The Dentists Insurance Company advises dentists to check with their state dental board or dental association for specifics on what to include beyond ADA recommendations. TDIC advises all dentists to know when, how and in what dosages to administer drugs included in their emergency kits. Stocking emergency medications but lacking the training to administer them appropriately can be a liability.
What to include in a medical emergency kit
09/24/2013
Many CDA members are calling the CDA Practice Support Center and asking what they need to include in their medical emergency kit. Most dental offices have one emergency kit to be used for both employees and patients. For employees, Cal/OSHA does not specify what should be in a medical emergency kit, just that the employer have documentation that a physician approved the kit.
09/10/2013
The federal OSHA's deadline for dentists to train employees on the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s adopted revisions to the Hazard Communication Standard is Dec. 1. Compliance with other elements of the rule must be met by June 1, 2016.
06/03/2013
California employers have until Dec. 1, 2013, to train employees on the new hazard label elements and safety data sheet format required by the Cal/OSHA Hazard Communication Regulation. Cal/OSHA recently amended the state regulation to conform to federal regulation and the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Employers also need to update their hazard communication plans.
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