Safety Training Resource: A Guide to Compliance With OSHA Standards for Medical and Dental Offices

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Medical and dental offices must ensure their occupational safety training programs meet the requirements of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Employee training is required by OSHA's Occupational Safety and Health Standards. It is best to have training provided by an employee, manager or medical and dental safety consultant experienced and informed in regulations.

It is worthwhile to supplement training with other resources. OSHA provides many free resources, including a brochure titled "Medical and Dental Offices: A Guide to Compliance With OSHA Standards" (pdf).

The brochure provides a glimpse of the most frequently found hazards in medical and dental offices, and outlines a number of requirements that normally apply to medical and dental offices, regardless of size. These include:
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
  • Hazard Communication Standard
  • Ionizing Radiation Standard
  • Exit Routes Standards
Consider downloading, printing and providing the brochure to your staff to supplement and improve your existing training program.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.