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Use of Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plans in Private Dental Practices: Results and Clinical Implications of a National Survey
Findings from this survey indicate DHWs would benefit from increased education regarding methods to prevent occupational exposures to BBPs.
Reducing Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure in Dentistry: an update
Reducing bloodborne pathogen exposures helps provide a safe and healthful workplace for dental employers and employees. In addition, reducing exposures can help reduce costs and increase productivity and employee morale.
Source: CA DOSH
OSHA Safety and Health Topic: Dentistry
Dental professionals may be at risk for exposure to numerous workplace hazards. These hazards include, but are not limited to, the spectrum of bloodborne pathogens, pharmaceuticals and other chemical agents, human factors, ergonomic hazards, noise, vibration, and workplace violence.
Control of Nitrious Oxide in Dental Operations, NIOSH Hazard Controls
Dental workers are exposed to Nitrous Oxide (N2O) during administration of this anesthetic gas to patients. Exposures should be minimized to prevent short-term behavioral and long-term reproductive health effects that can be produced by N2O.