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    5 surefire ways to get an OSHA inspection

    OSHA violations can be detrimental to your reputation and your practice’s bottom line. Here’s how to avoid an on-site inspection.

     

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    3. Non-compliance with the Hazard Communication Standard

    The Hazard Communication Standard is another area of concern. Revised in 2012, it requires that the chemical manufacturer, distributor or importer provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs, formerly MSDSs) for each hazardous chemical to downstream users to communicate information on these hazards.

    “Not that the MSDS is no longer in use, we are seeing citations being issued when an employer is not making the more up-to-date SDS available to its employees,” Borg-Bartlett says.

    Related reading: 6 questions about infection control you might be afraid to ask

    According to federal OSHA information regarding standards cited for dental practices, the guidelines for the use of formaldehyde often causes trouble.

    “This standard directs the employer to protect employees from this chemical both through skin contact and inhalation,” Borg-Bartlett explains. “Exposure monitoring is required to ensure that the exposure level to the employees is below the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) and that safety controls are in place to protect employees.”

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    Kristen Mott
    Kristen Mott is the associate editor for Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics.

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