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Is your office compliant with OSHA? ADA can help

February 19, 2018

By Michelle Manchir

How should hazardous chemicals in the office be labeled and who's responsible for doing it?

Which dental office staff members are required to receive Hepatitis B vaccinations?
Do all offices need an evacuation plan?
The ADA seeks to help practice owners answer these and other regulatory questions related to occupational safety.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has stated that exposure to numerous workplace hazards that might occur within the practice of dentistry are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry. The ADA offers members resources with up-to-date and clear-cut information about how the regulations apply to them.

The ADA Science Institute maintains Oral Health Topics dedicated to OSHA and dentistry. It includes information about staff immunization requirements, hazard communication, exposure control, needle safety and links to additional resources online. To access the page, visit

The ADA Center for Professional Success also maintains an OSHA overview webpage dedicated to managing regulations. It includes fact sheets, tips and checklists related to OSHA office requirements, infection control, emergency preparedness and other topics that could be relevant to dental practice owners.  To view this information, visit and find the link under the ADA Resources section.

Other OSHA resources from the ADA are available for purchase at a discounted rate for members. They include the ADA Practical Guide to OSHA Compliance Manual and CD-ROM with Update Service (S696B). This is primarily a recordkeeping resource for the practice owner and/or compliance manager and the purchase includes three years of updates. The ADA Practical Guide to OSHA Training: Compliance for Dental Professionals (P889) video and workbook is meant to help instruct staff on regulations related to safety standards. These products are sold together as a bundle, The ADA Complete OSHA Compliance Kit (K011), for a discounted price. Readers can save 15 percent on all ADA Catalog products with promo code 18111 until April 27. To order, call 1-800-947-4746 or visit

Members with questions about OSHA compliance can also call the ADA Member Service Center. Use the toll-free number on your member card.