The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a division of the Department of Labor and is responsible for overseeing laws that require employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. OSHA sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards and provides information, training and assistance to workers and employers. Its mission statement is to:
"assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance".
Source: About OSHA
The dental environment has the potential to put dental healthcare workers at risk for exposure to a variety of biological, chemical, environmental, physical, and psychological workplace hazards. These hazards include but are not limited to the spectrum of bloodborne pathogens, pharmaceuticals and other chemical agents, human factors, ergonomic hazards, noise, vibration, and workplace violence.
While there are no specific OSHA standards for dentistry, exposure to the different potential hazards in the dental setting are addressed in specific standards for general industry.
- ADA Checklist for OSHA’S Bloodborne Pathogens Standard [PDF]
- OSHA Fact Sheet on OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
- ADA's OSHA & Infection Control products [ADA Store]
- ADA General Do’s and Don'ts Regarding OSHA Investigations [PDF]
- ADA Tip Sheet on Emergency Preparedness [PDF]
- OSHA Evacuation Plans and Procedures eTool
- OSHA Emergency Action Plan: Minimum Requirements
- OSHA Develop & Implement an Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
- OSHA Emergency Action Plan: Evacuation Elements
- OSHA Emergency Action Plan: Fight or Flee?
- OSHA Emergency Action Plan: Shelter-in-Place
- OSHA Emergency Action Plan: Fire, Rescue, and Medical Services
- OSHA Emergency Action Plan: Reporting Emergencies
- ADA Tip Sheet on Posture Break Exercises [PDF]
- ADA Tip Sheet on Quick Stretches for Dental Staff [PDF]
- ADA Tip Sheet on Exposure Control Plans [PDF]
- ADA Sample Exposure Control Checklist [PDF]
- FDA 510(k) Clearances
- FDA Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Devices
- FDA 510(k) Premarket Notification
- ANSI Standard Z136.1 Safe Use of Lasers
- ANSI Standard Z136.3 Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care Facilities
- ADA 2012 white paper Dental Radiographic Examinations: Recommendations for Patient Selection and Limiting Radiographic Exposure
- ADA Tip Sheet on Nitrous Oxide [PDF]
- ADA Tip Sheet on Workplace Violence [PDF]