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Workplace Health & Safety


Dentists have a vested interest in maintaining safe and healthful office environment for themselves, their employees, and their patients. This includes preventing exposure to infectious agents, waste anesthetic gas, allergens, damaging noise, and x-ray hazards, among others.

The ADA has long advocated for the use of modern applications to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. The ADA provides scientific evidence, information, and commentary to ensure federal workplace regulations are rooted in sound science and fair to small businesses. The Association also provides resources to help dentists identify workplace hazards and understand how to prevent them.

Letters & Testimony

  • September 26, 2014—ADA News article on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised illness and injury reporting requirement.
  • October 16, 2013—ADA News article on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised hazard communication standard.
  • June 8, 2012Letter (PDF) addressing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) draft recommendations for identification of persons with the hepatitis C virus (HCV).
  • August 3, 2010Letter (PDF) responding to OSHA’s request for information about the potential need for a comprehensive infection control standard for health care settings.

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