North Texas Dentistry Volume 4 Issue 4 - Page 20

rules & regulations The Compliance Question D ental healthcare providers are being held to a higher standard than ever before. Over the past two decades, we have seen the requirements for education and implementation of safety standards and infection control procedures become more stringent and complex. Many offices are not fully aware of all the compliance specifications they are mandated to put into effect and it can be quite overwhelming, especially when learning of all the required documentation, training and systems that are crucial to obtain compliance. The question is, where should an office go to find the necessary information needed? Just in the past two years alone, we have seen many changes in safety education. There is more urgency to update the training 20 NORTH TEXAS DENTISTRY | by Kayce Hollingsworth and carry out those changes. It is a requirement that each dental office and each person working in the office attend a yearly course on OSHA and Infection Control practices. Many offices already comply with this condition, but what about the State Board mandates? Much of the time, this facet is overlooked. OSHA is the Federal Agency that is responsible for the health and safety of employees at their place of employment and covers every work place in the country. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, the entity that has the highest authority over dentistry in the State of Texas, is the agency responsible for ensuring that all dental offices and personnel are complying with standards which will protect the health and safety of their patients. Often, the requirements of these two agencies overlap