Dental Practices “largely exempt” from OSHA Rule

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The OSHA emergency standard, released June 10, provides additional guidance for healthcare settings, including hospitals and nursing homes, where all employees may not be screened for COVID-19, and non-employees and patients with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 are allowed to enter and may be treated. Dental offices most likely to be affected by the new standard include hospital-based oral surgery practices or those dentists who provide care for COVID-19 patients. 

Other dental offices are largely exempt so long as they continue pre-appointment screenings of patients, as well as screening of staff and other non-patients entering the practice. Dental offices should also have a COVID-19 plan in place with a hazard assessment to mitigate risk to employees. To learn more about this Emergency Temporary Standard, the ADA analysis and how the standard affects dentistry, visit (member login required to access documents).