A Look at OSHA Nitrous Oxide Exposure Regulations – Things to Consider
While there may only be guidelines regarding nitrous oxide exposure in dental offices, wise practice operators should minimize environmental exposure as much as possible. The same side effects of nitrous oxide exposure that are beneficial as an anesthetic can dull judgment and reaction times.
Breathing nitrous oxide can cause dizziness, unconsciousness, and even death. Long-term exposure can lead to infertility. Contact with liquid nitrous oxide can cause severe frostbite. Workers may be harmed from exposure to nitrous oxide. The level of exposure depends on the dose, duration, and type of work being done.
Even though it’s not a requirement, monitoring exposure levels of nitrous oxide is a wise thing to do as part of an overall OSHA compliance strategy in dental offices. Compliancy Group can help build an effective compliance plan that meets all federal requirements and protects your practice and staff from possible dangers.