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OSHA Releases New Guidance for Oral Health Professionals

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The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released the following tips to help safeguard oral health professionals as they return to practice.

  • Encourage clinicians and staff to stay home if sick
  • Maximize use of telemedicine for nonemergency consultations, and prioritize urgent and emergency procedures
  • Install physical barriers or partitions between patient treatment areas
  • Provide adequate ventilation and airflow in patient treatment areas so that air moves away from staff work areas
  • Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces and equipment with hospital-grade, Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals from List N or that have label claims against the coronavirus
  • Minimize the number of staff present when aerosol-generating procedures are performed and ensure staff who are present are appropriately protected
  • Provide appropriate personal protective equipment, such as eye goggles, face shields, and N95 respirators, as necessary to protect oral health professionals and staff
  • Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns

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