By Kandis V. Garland, RDH, MS
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030 requires education and training related to bloodborne diseases at the time of hire, annually (at a minimum), and if duties change that involve exposure to blood or other potentially infectious bodily materials. Employers must comply with this federal regulation or face potential discipline or fines.
Oral health professionals may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis C (HCV). As the number of new acute HCV infections has doubled since 2013, clinicians must be up-to-date on how best to protect themselves and their patients.
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