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Reducing bloodborne pathogens exposure in dentistry: an update -- page 1
Reducing bloodborne pathogen exposures helps provide a safe and healthful workplace for dental employers and employees. In addition, reducing exposures can help reduce costs and increase productivity and employee morale.
California code of regulations, title 8 (8 CCR), bloodborne pathogens section 5193 (c) (1), requires each employer having employee(s) with occupational exposure (faq #3 and #4) to eliminate or minimize employee exposures to bloodborne pathogens. Bloodborne pathogen exposures must be reduced by establishing, implementing, and maintaining an effective exposure control plan (see page 2). An employer’s exposure control plan must include effective procedures for identifying and selecting appropriate, currently available engineering controls for the work tasks employee(s) perform. In addition to other requirements, contaminated sharps shall not be bent, recapped or removed from devices except when the procedure is preformed using a mechanical device or a one-handed technique, and the employer can demonstrate that no alternative is feasible, or that such action is required by a specific dental procedure.