Blog Posts

Do we need a SDS on Clorox bleach, Windex and Cascade?

Wednesday, March 29th, 2023

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

Tuesday, March 28th, 2023

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. 

Inventory Control

Tuesday, March 21st, 2023

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?

Wednesday, March 15th, 2023

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?

Monday, March 13th, 2023

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?

Tuesday, March 7th, 2023

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

Tuesday, February 14th, 2023

Are you aware the FBI warned of search engine ads when you search for your bank online? 

Is Your Dental License Current?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2023

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

Tuesday, February 7th, 2023

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?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023

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?

Thursday, January 5th, 2023

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

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023

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?

Saturday, December 31st, 2022

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

Friday, December 23rd, 2022

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

Monday, December 19th, 2022

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

Thursday, December 1st, 2022

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

Friday, November 25th, 2022

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

Monday, November 21st, 2022

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

Saturday, November 19th, 2022

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

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

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.