- Employers have responsibilities for the occupational safety of their employees.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the U.S. governmental agency that has the mission to assure the safety and health of America's workers.
- OSHA sets and enforces standards that address potential workplace hazards; provides training, outreach, and education; establishes partnerships; and encourages continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
- For dentistry, infectious disease and hazardous chemicals are examples of potential workplace hazards of concern; the following sections will address certain OSHA standards specific to dental offices.
- When there is no standard, OSHA’s “General Duty Clause” may be used to provide regulatory guidance and enforcement for occupational exposures.