Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA


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This section highlights OSHA directives (instructions for OSHA's compliance safety and health officers) and some selected letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the OSHA's standards) related to dentistry.

  • Updated Enforcement Procedures for the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030. CPL 02-02-069 [CPL 2-2.69], (November 27, 2001). Establishes policies and provides clarifications to ensure uniform inspection procedures are followed when conducting inspections to enforce the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and dental laboratory technicians are job classifications that may be associated with tasks that have occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials.
Letters of Interpretation

Medical Instruments

  • OSHA has no specific standard on autoclaving used medical instruments. (September 3, 2004). Refers to guidelines and recommendations on the use and monitoring of sterilization equipment in dental healthcare settings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which may also have relevant information in connection with that agency's approval of autoclaves, as OSHA has no specific standard.

Bloodborne Pathogens

Hazard Communication

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