What is Dental Compliance Training?

Dental Compliance Training

Dental practices, like other medical practices, are subject to OSHA safety regulations. Dental compliance under OSHA consists of dental compliance training, on topics such as bloodborne pathogen safety, respirator safety, and hazardous chemical safety. 

Dental compliance training, which can be provided by a dental practice or by outside dental compliance specialists, goes over these safety topics, providing employees with information about hazardous conditions and methods employees can use to protect themselves.

Dental Compliance Training: Is It Safe?

OSHA dental compliance ensures that practices are able to furnish workplaces that are as free as possible of recognized hazards. Dental compliance training may be presented in any number of formats: video presentations, online presentations, PowerPoint presentations, written training materials, or lectures. 

A dental practice’s duty to train and instruct employees on how to comply with OSHA standards (e.g., respiratory protection, PPE, beryllium safety, respirable crystalline silica safety), and to avoid hazards in the work environment, means that the practice must present information in a manner that employees are able to understand.

Use our OSHA Compliance Checklist for Dental Offices to learn more about your practice’s compliance.

What are OSHA Dental Compliance Training Best Practices?

OSHA has found four characteristics that sound dental compliance training programs have in common. The best dental compliance training programs are those that are accurate, credible, clear, and practical. Dental compliance specialists who offer dental compliance training should fashion training materials so that the training contains these characteristics.

What is Accurate Dental Compliance Training?

For dental compliance training to be accurate, the training materials should be prepared by individuals who are qualified in the subject matter of the training. Under OSHA, a “qualified person” is a person who, through possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience, has successfully demonstrated an ability to solve or resolve problems relating to the subject matter. As this definition makes clear, qualifications can be obtained either by education, or job experience and training.

For dental compliance training to be accurate, training materials must be updated as needed. Changes in regulations, OSHA guidance, and best practices, all warrant a continued assessment of training materials to ensure the materials are not outdated.

In addition, changes in the dental practice itself may warrant the revision of training materials. For example, the introduction of new hazardous chemicals or new personal protective equipment requires that dental practices train employees on the properties and proper use of these additional items, as part of the hazard communication.

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