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A common misconception about OSHA compliance in dental practices is that it only involves infection control and bloodborne pathogens. While these are crucial areas in dentistry, it’s important to remember that dental practices are “employers,” so ALL RELEVENT general industry OSHA standards apply.

A dental practice in Pearland, TX learned this the hard way when an inspector visited following an anonymous complaint about unsafe working conditions. The inspection revealed several violations, including a missing electrical outlet cover, daisy-chained power strips, and a power strip permanently affixed to a wall. These violations resulted in over $5,000 in fines.

$3,315 for a missing outlet cover

“29 CFR 1910.303(g)(2)(i): Except as elsewhere required or permitted by Subpart S of Part 1910, live parts of electric equipment operating at 50 volts or more were not guarded against accidental contact by use of approved cabinets or other forms of approved enclosures or by any of the means identified in paragraphs (A), (B), (C), and (D) of 29 CFR 1910.303(g)(2)(i): a) In the back corridor, an electrical outlet used to power equipment such as, but not limited to, a security system was not equipped with a faceplate.”

$2,486 for daisy chaining two power strips

“29 CFR 1910.303(b)(2): Listed or labeled electrical equipment was not used or installed in accordance with instructions included in the listing or labeling: a) In the back corridor, two power strips were daisy chained to power equipment such as an internet router, and security system.”

OSHA Compliance is NOT just infection control and bloodborne pathogens training.

There are numerous general industry-related compliance concerns for dental practice owners. While many conscientious owners invest time and money in infection control and bloodborne pathogens, they often fail to see the bigger picture and leave themselves vulnerable to other compliance issues.

Tomorrow when you walk into your office, check these items:

  • Does the IT or server closet have jerry-rigged wiring configurations passing through walls without boxes and covers?
  • Does your nitrous oxide storage room have hoses and electrical wires passing through without protection?
  • Are power strips being used as “permanent” solutions to bridge gaps?
If you answered yes to any of these questions or want to know more about some of these “general industry” standards you may be unaware of, contact the experts at Smart Training for a free consultation. One phone call might save you over $5,000 in fines.