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Below is important information on Healthcare Office COVID-19 Transmission Prevention & Known-Case Reporting Requirements, that your dental office will need to implement. Keep in mind, that the COVID-19 information is very time sensitive, but the links listed below are a great way to get and keep your office on pace for success with prevention and known-case reporting. We will be providing ongoing updates on this weblink as this situation unfolds. DENTAL OFFICE UPDATE:
Below are links & excerpts from the most recent OSHA of the CDCs lift of face coverings in public.
Please read these resources carefully and be prudent to keep Best Practices in place within your office.
We will continue to study these evolving mandates and keep you posted. The overall goal is to keep you, your employees and your patients healthy and safe.
It is important to note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidance relating to recommended precautions for people who are fully vaccinated, which is applicable to activities outside of healthcare and a few other environments. OSHA is reviewing the recent CDC guidance and will update our materials on this website accordingly. Until those updates are complete, please refer to the CDC guidance for information on measures appropriate to protect fully vaccinated workers.
Please keep in mind that OSHA is presently evaluating the newest CDC standards. We will provide more updates as they evolve.
Study the links below and please implement Best Practices that involve the least amount of risk to your daily practice of infection control & safety.
Dental practices ‘largely exempt’ from OSHA rule
JUNE 14, 2021
KEY TAKE AWAY POINTS:
Dentistry is largely exempt from the ETS, however, dental practices must continue to follow key provisions:
Those with suspected or confirmed COVID are not permitted to enter.
Dentistry Workers and Employers
ADA UPDATE for DENTAL OFFICES: CDC updates guidance for fully vaccinated individuals MAY 2021
Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace
Practice Owners Responsibilities:
Employers should implement COVID-19 Prevention Programs in the workplace. The most effective programs engage workers and their union or other representatives in the program’s development and include the following key elements: conducting a hazard assessment; identifying a combination of measures that limit the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace; adopting measures to ensure that workers who are infected or potentially infected are separated and sent home from the workplace, and implementing protections from retaliation for workers who raise COVID-19 related concerns.
What Workers Need To Know about COVID-19 Protections in the Workplace
#15. Distinguishing between workers who are vaccinated and those who are not: Workers who are vaccinated must continue to follow protective measures, such as wearing a face covering and remaining physically distant, because at this time, there is not evidence that COVID-19 vaccines prevent transmission of the virus from person-to-person. The CDC explains that experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Suppressing the Spread of the Hazard Using Face Coverings
Require any other individuals at the workplace (e.g., visitors, customers, non-employees) to wear a face-covering unless they are under the age of 2 or are actively consuming food or beverages on site.
USA State Plans to rollout COVID Vaccine
CDC Guidance on COVID Vaccination & Healthcare Workers
EUA Fact Sheets: Copies to reference, read & print
How to answer when patients or employees ask: “Have your Employees received the COVID Vaccination?:
Employees can share their vaccination status with other employees or patients.
Employers & Management –cannot share this health information.
Below is a sample response that Management may wish to use when Patients or Employees make an inquiry about your team’s COVID vaccination status:
“Under Labor Board guidelines–Employee health information is retained & secured– confidentially by our Management.”
(If your office follows current COVID Management Protocols add):
“Rest assured, that our office follows the most current COVID Protocols to protect our Employees & Patients.”
ADA: Vaccines in the Dental Workplace: FAQs for Employee Dentists
Federal law prohibits employers and others from requiring vaccination with a Covid-19 vaccine distributed under an EUA.
As the topic of COVID Vaccinations evolves, more uniform & reliable information will immerge to provide us with a more solid answer for interested individuals.
For now, it definitely brings conflicting and controversial interpretations.
Sample: COVID Vaccination Card (Use your State issued card to document-in-file your employee COVID initial vaccination & 3-week booster)
COVID-19 Guidance on Ventilation in the Workplace – OSHA 4103
Respiratory Protection vs. Source Control – What’s the difference?SEPT 8, 2020
Guidance for Dental Settings: AUG 28 2020 – Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
Summary of ADA Guidance During the COVID-19 Crisis – DATED 6 24 2020
Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response
ADA- COVID-19 Dental Regulations by State –Interactive Map
ADA HIPAA: Contact Tracing by Public Health Agencies & HIPAA Disclosure
ADA HIPAA: Providing Names of C-19 (+) Patients to Authorities
ADA TOOL KIT – Return-to-Work Interim Guidance
ADA: Steps to take if an Employee Tests COVID Positive
ADA: Protocols to Follow if Employee or Family Member is COVID (+)
ADA- UNDERSTANDING MASK TYPES:
ADA- Interim Mask and Face Shield Guidelines:
FDA- Personal Protective Equipment EUAs:
OSHA 3990 (COVID-19 MARCH 2020)
OSHA COVID-REQUIREMENTS: Dentistry Workers and Employers
OSHA COVID-19 Standards
HIPAA- TELEHEALTH REMOTE COMMUNICATIONS WAIVER DURING COVID-19
What to Do if Someone on Your Staff Tests Positive for COVID-19:
Obligation to Record & Report:
We understand that Employers are facing unexpected challenges in relation to COVID-19. While the “common cold/flu” are not expected to be recorded by Employers, OSHA expects that employers identify COVID-19 infection among employees. Employees must self-monitor by monitoring their signs and symptoms: Dry cough, elevating fever, and shortness of breath. Employers can take employee’s temperatures at this juncture. Employers should report any positive cases, hospitalizations or deaths, to OSHA and an Applicable State Agency within a reasonable time frame.
COVID-19 Smart Guidelines for Dental Teams…
FREE COVID-19 PATIENT POSTERS
Download & Print these COVID-19 Posters to use in your Reception Area Entryway.
These are a great way to pre-screen and encourage safe, social distancing. >>Click Here to Download<<
PPE Proper Donning & Doffing Poster
Please contact us should you have the need to update your current OSHA / HIPAA Standards.
We are happy to provide insight & clarification on current requirements.
Be Blessed—Be safe—Be Well!…
The Compliance Coaches
More Resources (click on the images below to download and print)
OSHA REQUIREMENT TO RECORD & REPORT EMPLOYEE INCIDENCE OF COVID-19(+) CASES: