Hygienists > Infection Control
All dental personnel are required to comply with standard precautions for preventing and controlling infectious diseases and managing personnel health and safety concerns related to infection control, as required or recommended for dentistry by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Compliance with CDC recommendations is required. Board staff may conduct office inspections to determine compliance with sanitation and infection control standards. The CDC guidelines are available online.
In addition, licensees must follow state OSHA standards as outlined by the Iowa Labor Services Division. The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) office provides consultation services. One of the goals of the IOSHA office is to reduce the incidence of injury or illness to workers by enhancing ability to identify and control safety and health hazards. Employers can learn about potential hazards at their worksites and improve their occupational safety and health management systems by using the free consultation services. This service is delivered by the State of Iowa using well-trained professional staff. Consultations take place on-site. This program is completely separate from the IOSH Enforcement staff, as such no citations are issued or penalties proposed, and it is confidential. As a condition of using their services, employers must agree to fix any serious hazards that may be found.
If your office is concerned about compliance with OSHA requirements, consider requesting a site visit from OSHA Consultation. You can visit their website at www.iowaworkforce.org and click on Labor Services and IOSH Consultation and Education.