Do we need a SDS on Clorox bleach, Windex and Cascade?
Household products are excluded from the Hazard Communication Standard providing that these items are not used in excess of household use, used in a different form or concentration or manner generally used by the average consumer.
Dollar General Faces Hefty Fines for Safety Violations
Ever notice how jammed packed Dollar General Stores can be? Dollar General faced $1.68 million in fines after safety inspectors found violations in stores located in AL, FL and GA. Fire hazards were noted, such as failure to keep exit routes and electrical panels clear and unobstructed and failure to mount fire extinguishers.
Over ordering can result in pushing the practice over budget and risk expiration of products prior to use. Not having enough supplies leads to frustration especially when you reach for a product only to find an empty shelf. How do we implement good inventory control?
Should a Pregnant Employee Take Radiographs?
If a pregnant dentist, dental assistant, or dental hygienist must take patient radiographs, it is recommended that you provide a personal dosimetry badge to track her exposure to radiation, according to the ADA. Provide barrier protection while operating radiographic equipment.
What Happens if a Patient Refuses to Sign the HIPAA Form?
The law requires that we ask the patient to acknowledge receipt of the Notice of Privacy Practices. The law does not require the patient to sign the “acknowledgment of receipt of the notice.” Signing does not mean that the patient agreed to any special uses or disclosures of the patient’s records. Refusing to sign the acknowledgement does not prevent you from using or disclosing health information as HIPAA permits.
Are You Discriminating Employees Based on Hair Style?
Is your HR policy discriminating employees based on hair style and hair texture? Years ago, it was common for HR policies to include a provision prohibiting extreme hairstyles. Perceived as “extreme” hairstyles included afros, dreadlocks, cornrows, braids and twists.
Threat-Actors and Online Banking – How to Be Careful
Are you aware the FBI warned of search engine ads when you search for your bank online?
Is Your Dental License Current?
Quite a number of support calls and cases have come through with the problem of RDAs and RDHs licenses lapsed. This results in fines and penalties for both the RDA, RDH, and the owner/dentist.
The Benefits of Using Cassettes
Olivia has personally been a fan of the Hufriedy IMS cassette system for many years. Why? Number one, the cassette system promotes safety. By handling the contaminated instruments less, the assistants and hygienists are less likely to have a sharps injury. If we can minimize the risk of an exposure incident, we have accomplished two things: 1) employees feel safer, and 2) we minimized the added costs of post exposure management.
ALERT! Mandatory Federal EEOC Poster Change: Scam or Real?
Have you received these mailings? Poster companies indicate that you can get into labor law posting compliance by buying their posters. They also indicate there is a "new" federal EEOC poster.
Do we load autoclave pouches paper side up or down?
Depends. Check with the manufacturer because the information may vary among brands.
According to CDC, all items to be sterilized should be arranged so all surfaces will be directly exposed to the sterilizing agent. Loading procedures must allow for free circulation of steam around each item.
Grow Together with Performance Reviews
Have you scheduled performance reviews with your team members? This is a great time to conduct your evaluation of the employee's achievements and contributions made last year and to assess the areas to improve during this year.
Why Are Employees Leaving?
Have you wondered why people are leaving their jobs? According to iHire's 2022 Talent Retention Report, the top 5 reasons people left jobs in the last 12 months are:
Grow Together with Performance Reviews
Have you scheduled performance reviews with your team members? This is a great time to conduct your evaluation of the employee's achievements and contributions made during year 2022 and to assess the areas to improve during year 2023.
Another Dentist in Hot Water for a HIPAA Violation Due to Responding to an Online Review
On December 14, 2022, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a settlement with a dental practice in California over the impermissible disclosure of patient protected health information (PHI) in response to online reviews, and other potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. The practice used social media inappropriately responding to a negative...
What Your Work Exposure Control Plan Is, and How to Review It As a Team Annually
Your Work Exposure Control Plan is essentially one of the most important parts of your OSHA Manual, and it needs to be reviewed by everyone at the practice annually. Consider taking time to review the Work Exposure Control Plan as a team when you have your annual training.
Tuition Payback Agreements - Protect Your Employee Investment
Let’s face it, many practices are struggling with the staffing shortage. Those who are employed are likely working doubly hard, handling the duties of two people. It may be difficult to recruit RDHs and RDAs right now; particularly those who have added skills.
Sharps Containers: The Point of Compliance
One of the “small” details that is a big deal to OSHA is sharps containers. In some practices we at MPS have inspected, we’ve found sharps containers in places like cabinets, treatment room corners, and on countertops. OSHA has standards for sharps containers that if left unfollowed could result in costly OSHA fines. Since disposal is usually the main occasion for contaminated needle sticks to happen (according to CDC’s Workbook for Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Sharps Injury Prevention Program,) OSHA pays close attention to how sharps containers are placed and handled.
The Right Space: Setting Up an Efficient Sterilization Center
Did you know that the way your Sterilization Center is set up could save you 5+ minutes per procedure and set your practice apart in infection control? Laying out your Sterilization area efficiently puts your practice in the fast lane on the road to success. Take an honest look at your practice’s Sterilization Center and compare to the layout ideas below:
The Great Escape: Having a Fire and Emergency Action Plan
Does everyone at the practice know the drill if there were to be a natural disaster or emergency? It’s a great idea (and required by OSHA) to have a Fire and Emergency Action Plan in place that everyone at the practice knows and would instantly adhere to if there were a natural disaster or fire.