02/09/2015

Dentists cited for not having Cal/OSHA required plans


The failure to have written plans for exposure control (blood-borne pathogens), injury and illness prevention, and hazard communication continues to be a problem for California dentists.

A CDA analysis of Cal/OSHA citations and penalties assessed for dental practices from October 2013 through September 2014 shows that these three topics are at the top of the list of most common inspections and citations. One particular practice accounted for 15 citations with a total initial penalty of $21,550. The practice had multiple citations for violations of the blood-borne pathogens regulation. Penalties for the previous year totaled $8,300 for 17 citations at eight offices.

CDA Practice Support offers easy-to-use templates for exposure control (blood-borne pathogens), injury and illness prevention, and hazard communication on cda.org.

CDA has the following resources available:

Injury and Illness Prevention Plan

This is a sample plan that dentists can customize to describe how their practice prevents workplace injuries and illness. If a dentist has employees, they must have this plan. This resource is part of the CDA Regulatory Compliance Manual. This plan has been updated to include procedures for screening patients with aerosol transmissible diseases.

Exposure Control Plan

This is a sample plan that dentists can customize to describe how their practice limits employee exposure to blood-borne pathogens. If a dentist has employees, they must have this plan. This resource is part of the CDA Regulatory Compliance Manual.

Hazard Communication Plan

This is a sample plan that dentists can customize to describe how their practice communicates to employees regarding workplace hazards. If a dentist has employees, they must have this plan. This sample plan was updated to incorporate changes required by the 2012 amendments to the Hazard Communication regulation. This resource is part of the CDA Regulatory Compliance Manual.

For more information, visit the Regulatory Compliance Manual section of cda.org.



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