Texas State Board of Dental Examiners Extends Rule
Texas dentists: Title 22 was extended. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) voted to extend the COVID-19 Emergency Rule, or Title 22. The Rule extension began on February 19th and will remain in effect until June 18th, 2021. Even if you knew Title 22 by heart before this extension, Title 22 was amended.
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 respirators. This blog post goes over the Texas requirement of respirators, its connection to the OSHA respiratory protection standard, and gives you the resources we have created since Title 22 went into effect.
Why is Texas Title 22 important? The OSHA respiratory protection standard.
Title 22 requires dental employees within six (6) feet of an aerosol-generating procedure to wear a N95, KN95, or their equivalent respirators.
If any of your employees wear respirators, your practice is required to implement a written Respiratory Protection Program. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is the organization that enforces the respiratory protection standard.
Smart Training creates resources to help dental practices understand how to be compliant with OSHA’s respiratory protection standard. Here are some of the resources we have created:
If you prefer to watch and listen, rather than read, check out our Dental Respiratory Protection Program Webinar. It is presented by Smart Training’s Vice President of Healthcare, Lee Slaton. It was recorded and posted, so you can watch it whenever you find time.
Remember, the OSHA respiratory protection standard is not an option. Noncompliance can lead to costly fines. Check out our blog post to learn the top OSHA citations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the citations were caused by noncompliance with the respiratory protection standard. Our blog post also explains how to avoid the common OSHA citations.
Need help with your Respiratory Protection Program?
Texas dentists, Title 22 was extended. This means you need to comply with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard. Smart Training has developed the easiest and most efficient way to create and implement your Respiratory Protection Program. You’ll take a 15-minute survey to create your program. We’ll also provide respirator training modules for both employees and administrators. Your Compliance Adviser will be there to help you every step of the way.
Request a demo here to speak with one of our Compliance Advisers. We take away your headaches caused by Title 22 and help you comply with OSHA.
We appreciate you, Texas dentists!