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PSSST!!  The OSHA Inpector is here...
If you are a Tennessee Dental Professional listen up!  There is a new buzz in town and it may be headed your way.  It’s “a sting” of sorts---but you can get fully prepared:Launched in October 2017, .  The campaign will subject all Tennessee Licensed Dentists to a random and detailed OSHA...  Read More
You won't believe what someone asked me!
You might be surprised at the lengths some dental practice owners take to cut their expenses. A dental hygienist recentlyposedthis question in a forum, “My dentist told me today that in order to cut down on electricity usage from the autoclave and to save money on sterilization bags, he wants...  Read More
Don't Forget Those Utility Gloves!
Hands are porous and can act like a sponge. Chemicals that are not meant for the body to absorb are used on a daily basis in a dental practice. Wearing the appropriate hand protection for a task is very important. The gloves used to treat patients are very different than the gloves to be worn to...  Read More
Are Scrubs Considered PPE?
That’s a question our Compliance Advisers are asked every week in the field. The short answer is “NO.” The long answer is a little more complex. Most scrub tops have short sleeves, which, for all practical purposes, makes them ill-suited for PPE, as PPE must cover the arms down to the wrists, to...  Read More
OSHA fines dental practice over $61,000
OSHA cited MD Dental Center PC, doing business as Smile Center Dental, for 26 alleged serious violations – including exposing workers to bloodborne pathogens hazards at the company’s facility in Washington, D.C. The inspection, initiated in response to a complaint, resulted in $61,600 in proposed...  Read More
Court orders dentist to pay $85K to employee fired for safety complaint
It began when a Massachusetts dentist changed his practice's procedure for disposing of contaminated needles. He told those in his Beverly-based office to first remove the protective caps before dropping them into sharps disposal containers, allegedly to fill the containers with more used needles...  Read More
OSHA increases fines by 78%
In the passage of last year’s Federal budget, a provision was included allowing OSHA to increase fines by approximately 78%, effective August 1, 2016. This dramatic increase in fines was described as a "catch-up" based upon the inflation rate from 1990, when they were last raised, to the present....  Read More
September is Dental Infection Control Awareness Month
September is Dental Infection Control Awareness Month -  Back in March, The CDC released the new Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care. This is a must-read for every practice owner and clinician in the dental industry. Many of you might take...  Read More
How Much Can OSHA Cost You?
OSHA recently fined a dental practice for failing to protect employees from the risks of bloodborne pathogens. In all, OSHA issued 11 serious violations and four other-than-serious violations after conducting inspections at the practice’s two Illinois offices.A worker at one of the offices...  Read More
Get Ready--Cuz Here They Come: OSHA Inspectors Hot on New CDC Infection Control Guidelines for Dental Office Setting
IF SALIVA WERE RED VIDEO(click below to play)You've been in dentistry a long time, right? Undoubtedly you know what is considered "Right & Wrong" when it comes to Sterilization & Disinfection, correct? Don't be too sure...We've all sat through that Infection Control Class in Dental School...  Read More
Remember: Testing your office autoclave isn’t optional.
Is your office spore testing at least once per week?Untested autoclaves can lead to sick patients. They can also leave a practice owner open to stiff fines, lawsuits … even suspension of their license.The Challenge of ComplianceIn Texas, State Board Rule 108.24 states that...  Read More
Top 5 OSHA Requirements Inspectors Look for in the Dental Office...
Do you consider your ? If so, congrats!But if you have some doubts, here are some tips that may help you out:1.   Is your OSHA Manual up to date?An OSHA Manual is a required document to have up-to-date and customized specifically to your dental office location. If your OSHA Manual is  Compliant,...  Read More
Protect Your Staff- Make them Wear Utility Gloves
by: Holly Garchek, OSHA & Infection Control SpecialistEach year there are approximately 384,000 . That amounts to about 1,000 injuries per day at an average cost of about $3042 per victim. $1 Billion is spent annually on lab fees, testing, counseling, and post exposure follow ups from sharps...  Read More
FREE Dental Compliance Webinar
Want to learn how to hire better? Join us for our June webinar with guest speaker Stacey Bell, human resources specialist! She will be sharing "Ten Tips for Terrific Hiring." Stacey will address some of the most painful parts of recruiting and hiring and will give you some great information to help...  Read More
HIPAA Audits:  BRING IT! Successful Actions Every Dental Office Needs to Take  To Be in Control of their HIPAA Compliance
With the new wave of , (that began in November 2016 and are still running strong in 2017), most dental offices don’t know where to start to streamline their efforts. Turning the other cheek to this big, bold requirement won’t make it go away. And burying your head-in-the-sand will only...  Read More
Practice Management & Compliance with Rick Garofolo : Howard Speaks Podcast #132
You've got to learn how to see patients in two or three different rooms. You have to see more patients. It's the only way you're going to maintain profitability.Stream Audio here: AUDIO - Rick Garofolo - HSP #132 Watch Video here: ...  Read More
Confidently Clean, How OSHA Training Improves Your Office with Leslie Canham : Howard Speaks Podcast #19
Dr. Howard Farran and Leslie Canham go over OSHA and infection control, protecting your practice, patients and team.Audio Podcast:                                                                                                Howard Speaks Audio Podcast #19 with Leslie Canham                       ...  Read More

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