Dentists due for bloodborne pathogens compliance check up

By: March 14th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

In the future OSHA might be poking around more dental practices as a result of the NIOSH announcement to study bloodborne pathogens compliance in dental practices.

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) will conduct the study for NIOSH, according to a March 1 CDC Notice of Intent to Issue a Purchase Order.

The purpose of the project, according to the purchase order, “Is to ensure the blood borne pathogens exposure control plans are effectively implemented in private dental offices and dental clinics…and to understand how effective implementation strategies may be applied to other healthcare settings.”

Do you think OSHA will use the collective findings of the OSAP study to improve dental practice enforcement efforts? Has a dentist ever asked you to rinse and spit?

Of the total OSHA fine amount applied to healthcare facilities last year, 6% was from dental practices, according to a to a report obtained by Medical Environment Update from OSHA Office of Management Systems.

For a quick look at the most common and expensive bloodborne pathogens violations in dental practices last year, look for report from HCPro’s OSHA Program Manual for Dental Facilities on the Tools page.


By helene bednarsh on March 15th, 2011 at 7:32 am

I think OSAP is a perfect choice for the study. I believe their findings will be accurate and appropriate and would improve compliance.

By Bruce Cunha on March 15th, 2011 at 9:02 am

I welcome any evaluation that will assist in reducing exposures. Now if we can get the needle manufacturers to come up with new safety systems that work for dentists, we may get some progress in this area.


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