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    6 scary consequences of not following good infection control practices

    How you can avoid these all-too-common pitfalls of infection control.

     

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    Good infection control practices are not only necessary for the sake of avoiding incidents, but also because it creates an environment where infection control is the norm. Unfortunately, if that culture does not exist, practices might find themselves being sanctioned, not because of a visiting OSHA inspector, but because of a third-party with an axe to grind.

    Must read: 6 overlooked areas in your office that can improve infection control

    “Most OSHA inspections are a result of a complaint by an employee, a former employee, or someone outside the practice,” Borg-Bartlett says. That possibility of being reported to authorities underscores another reason why suitable protocols should just be second nature.

    “Complaints from employees or former employees are the primary cause of a dental practice receiving an OSHA visit; therefore, the practice is putting itself at great risk if it hasn’t implemented an effective safety program,” Borg-Bartlett says.

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    Robert Elsenpeter
    Robert Elsenpeter is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics. He is also the author ...

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