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How to Tell if N95 or KN95 Respirators are Fake
Fake N95 and KN95 Respirators in the United States This blog post details how to tell if N95 or KN95 respirators are fake. Many employees, especially in the healthcare and dental fields, are .  Unfortunately, employers need to be on the lookout for counterfeit N95s. Since the beginning of the...  Read More
Lack of Respirator Use and Respiratory Protection Program Continues to Put Dental Practices at Risk
I’m a little late this year in reviewing 2020 from a compliance standpoint. That doesn’t mean it was any less exciting than others. In reviewing OSHA’s enforcement database for 2020, it was surprisingly light considering we’re in the midst of a pandemic. Dental practices were on the receiving end...  Read More
OSHA and COVID-19: Dentistry Update
OSHA, COVID-19, and Dentistry Smart Training's Vice President of Healthcare, Lee Slaton, is an expert in OSHA dentistry laws. Check out his recent webinar, hosted by the . Watch the video below, or keep scrolling for a textual transcription.  COVID-19 Dental Compliance Changes Texas dentists:...  Read More
Which Dental Procedures Spread COVID-19?
Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 is more than just avoiding an outbreak being traced back to your practice. It’s about keeping your dental employees safe at work. OSHA legally requires you to provide a safe workplace for your employees, and COVID-19 poses a threat. Dental Professionals: Highest...  Read More
Are Respirators with Exhalation Valves Effective?
Respirators with Exhalation Valves With the , Smart Training’s Vice President of Healthcare, Lee Slaton, told Practice Owners not to use respirators with exhalation valves.  This blog post explains why your dental employees should not wear respirators with exhalation valves. What is the exhalation...  Read More
Difference Between a Fit Test and a User Seal Check
OSHA Respiratory Protection Program First: know that if you have any employees wearing respirators in your practice, OSHA requires that you comply with the respiratory protection standard. Both the respirator fit test and the user seal check are essential to be compliant with the OSHA respiratory...  Read More
Saliva Ejector: Is one Patient’s Junk Ending up in Another’s Mouth?
Two questions from our compliance inspection checklist often draw blank stares from clinical staff.                         Do you flush your air/water syringes at least 20 seconds between patients?                         Do you ask your patients to close their lips around the saliva ejector? ...  Read More
Texas Dentists: Title 22 Extended, Requires Respirators
Texas State Board of Dental Examiners Extends Rule Texas dentists: Title 22 was extended. The .  There are many requirements of Title 22, which is why you should read it yourself. However, one of the main aspects of Title 22 is that dental and healthcare employees are required to wear...  Read More
COVID-19 OSHA Citations and How to Avoid Them
Most Common OSHA COVID-19 Citations The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for upholding workplace standards. OSHA cites and fines employers who are not adequately protecting their employees from hazards in the workplace. COVID-19 is a new hazard. When employers...  Read More
Are Scrubs Considered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?
Do scrubs count as personal protective equipment (PPE)? This is a common question for our Compliance Advisers. The short answer: no. The long answer is a little more complex. Why is PPE Important?  come in many forms. Irritants can be environmental, chemical, radiological, or mechanical. When...  Read More
OSHA Guidance on the Respirator Shortage
This blog post covers OSHA guidance for handling the respirator shortage. Here’s what you will learn by reading:             OSHA’s enforcement discretion of the respiratory standard during the COVID-19 pandemic             Respirator shortage guidance from OSHA             Extended use of...  Read More
OSHA Recording and Reporting Occupational Exposure to COVID-19
COVID-19 is a  requirements. Employers must record or report occupational exposure to COVID-19 in certain cases. Here’s what you’ll learn by reading this article:             The difference between OSHA recording and reporting             When you should record COVID-19 illnesses to OSHA        ...  Read More
Sobering Findings Regarding COVID-19 and Aerosols
A recent review and study provide more information on the effectiveness of pre-procedural rinses in reducing bacterial and viral loads emitted by dental patients—and the care needed in reducing chances of infection in operatories. The Review The review, published July 13, 2020,...  Read More
Dental Respiratory Protection Program Webinar
This blog post features a webinar with Smart Training’s Vice President of Healthcare, Lee Slaton. This webinar was hosted by , and it covers dental respiratory protection programs (RPPs). Lee Slaton wrote, Here’s what you’ll learn about in this webinar:                                            ...  Read More
N95 Respirators and Respiratory Protection Programs
First, who is required to have a mandatory respiratory protection program? Any entity that has employees who are either required to wear a respirator or who choose to wear a respirator voluntarily. Are N95 masks classified as masks or respirators? N95 “masks” are classified as respirators. To learn...  Read More
Flu Season during COVID-19: How to Protect Employees
Flu and COVID-19: Twindemic? A twindemic is looking like a real possibility in 2020. A twindemic is what  are referring to as the overlap of a severe flu season and a possible surge of COVID-19 cases. Here are the biggest concerns regarding the possible twindemic:                                  ...  Read More
Is a Lack of Employee Training a HIPAA Violation?
The short answer: yes. A lack of employee  is a violation of the law. It is not enough to train your employees about the law. The training must be HIPAA-certified. Certified means there is proof of employee retention. For example, exam scores after training.  After a data breach, you will have to...  Read More
How to Create your Respiratory Written Program on Smart Training's LMS
Respiratory Protection Programs Is your dental practice utilizing N-95, KN-95, or their equivalent  during the COVID-19 pandemic? We’ve found that quite a few practice owners don’t yet realize that using N-95-type respirators requires them to maintain an OSHA Written Respiratory Protection Program....  Read More
COVID-19 Causes Increase in Phishing Scams
FBI Alert of COVID-19 Email Scams The healthcare providers to an increase in COVID-19 phishing scams. Network perimeter cybersecurity tools used by US-based healthcare providers started detecting COVID-19 phishing campaigns from both domestic and international IP addresses on March 18, 2020, and...  Read More
Telehealth and HIPAA Compliance During COVID-19
Telehealth during the COVID-19 Pandemic The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has increased the use of telehealth. Telehealth offers many benefits, including mitigating the spread of COVID-19. But it also complicates . Why care about HIPAA? HIPAA data breaches can cause hefty . The most HIPAA can fine your...  Read More
Difference Between Cloth Masks, Surgical Masks, and Respirators
This blog post explains the difference between cloth face masks, surgical masks, and respirators, emphasizing employer responsibilities based on OSHA’s standards. Why is Protecting Employees from COVID-19 Important? The first reason is keeping your employees safe from illness and death. But if that...  Read More
PPE for Which Dental Procedures During COVID-19?
Dental employees are at the  for getting COVID-19. As a result, employers need to know how to protect their employees. Most importantly, personal protective equipment (PPE) stops the spread of the virus. Dental offices could spread the virus easily. However,  explains, “The dental office, if they...  Read More
COVID-19 Policies for Medical Offices
Why are COVID-19 Policies Important? It’s essential to implement policies specific to COVID-19. Especially in the medical and dental field. Why? Because healthcare and dental employees are at the top of  for COVID-19.  Also, because these policies can put the minds of your patients at ease. But it...  Read More
6 Benefits of HIPAA Online Employee Training
Providing HIPAA employee training online can make your compliance training program more effective. HIPAA is the  are legally required to abide by HIPAA. Importance of HIPAA Training We already know that a  security breaches. Employee HIPAA training needs to cover , and it also needs to be recorded...  Read More
Does my Dental Practice Need a Written Emergency Action Plan?
Is your dental practice prepared for a workplace emergency? Your dental staff may need to act quickly to safeguard employees, patients, or the community following a natural or man-made emergency. Proper planning before an emergency or natural disaster is necessary to respond effectively. Protect...  Read More
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