Dental professionals may be at risk for exposure to numerous 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.


There are currently no specific OSHA standards for dentistry. However, exposure to numerous biological, chemical, environmental, physical, and psychological workplace hazards that may apply to dentistry are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry.

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Highlights directives and letters of interpretation related to dentistry.

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Hazard Recognition, Control and Prevention

Provides references that may aid in recognizing, controlling and preventing hazards in the workplace.

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Additional Resources

Provides links and references to additional resources related to dentistry.

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