Infection Control

Dental Board infection control requirements, Cal/OSHA bloodborne pathogens and aerosol transmissible diseases (ATD) regulations, and CDC guidelines.

New county vaccination orders include California dental offices

Two California counties have issued new flu and COVID-19 vaccination orders that include dental offices and will take effect Nov. 1. Counties may amend their orders at any time and other counties could issue new orders during flu season. 

October 12, 2023 |Infection Control, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

Flu season begins: In California, dentists can provide flu, COVID vaccines

The CDC recommends that individuals receive their flu vaccination in September or October. Some cities and counties in California mandate that certain health care workers, including workers in dental offices, receive the flu vaccine. 

August 31, 2023 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Infection Control, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

New safety sharp available; some California dental offices should review it

A new safety needle is on the market and is now the fifth safety needle, or safety sharp, available to California dentists. Dental practices that do not use safety sharps should evaluate the NopoGuard as part of the Cal/OSHA-required documentation.

May 23, 2023 |Infection Control, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

Mask mandate ends April 3 for workers, patients and visitors in California’s health care settings

Patients, visitors and workers not performing clinical procedures are no longer be required to wear face masks in dental offices and other indoor health care settings in California as of April 3 per new guidance from the state Department of Public Health.

March 7, 2023 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Infection Control, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations in effect: What dentists need to know

Cal/OSHA on Jan. 9, 2024, updated its COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations to include changes to definitions and testing recommendations, particularly related to isolation of cases and testing of close contacts.

January 5, 2023 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Infection Control, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

Requirement to quarantine after close-contact COVID exposure ends for asymptomatic workers in high-risk settings

Workers in California dental offices are no longer required to quarantine after a close-contact exposure with someone who has COVID-19 if the exposed worker is asymptomatic and does not test positive, according to updated state guidance.

December 12, 2022 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Infection Control, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

Weekly COVID testing mandate ends for unvaccinated health care workers in California

The California Department of Public Health on Sept. 17 ended the COVID-19 testing mandate for unvaccinated health care workers and other individuals in high-risk settings, which include dental offices.

September 21, 2022 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Infection Control, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

Repeat testing now recommended for negative at-home COVID-19 antigen test results

Two significant updates on COVID-19 quarantining and at-home testing have occurred in the last week with potential impact on dental practices and staff.  

August 18, 2022 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Infection Control, News Articles

Dentists can help detect monkeypox during patient examinations

The CDC has urged health care providers to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox regardless of specific risk factors. Dentists are well-positioned to help detect the virus during patient examinations.

August 17, 2022 |Infection Control, News Articles, Patient Care

Dental practices can reduce the spread of monkeypox through awareness, screening and infection control

The risk of monkeypox transmission in dental practices is low, currently, but as health care providers, dentists and dental teams can take steps now to minimize the virus’s spread, including through appropriate screening of patients and employees.

July 19, 2022 |Infection Control, News Articles

Minimize risk of bloodborne pathogen exposure through education and planning

To be compliant with Cal/OSHA standards, California dental practices are required to train any team member who may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens. CDA has resources available to support your practice in achieving compliance.

July 7, 2022 |Cal/OSHA Safety Regulations, Infection Control, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management/TDIC

Dental personnel must continue to wear N95-equivalent or higher-level respirators during aerosol-generating procedures

When performing or involved with aerosol-generating procedures (open suctioning of airways, sputum induction and others), dental health care personnel should continue to wear NIOSH-approved N95, N95-equivalent or higher-level respirators. 

February 17, 2022 |COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Infection Control, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance