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    5 surefire ways to get an OSHA inspection in your dental lab

    Want to avoid a visit from OSHA at your lab? Here's what you need to know.

    While a lot of attention is paid to dental offices when it comes to infection control, dental laboratories also are subject to strict standards which they must adhere to. While some OSHA violations are obvious, others involve small details that can be easy for lab technicians to overlook.

    Lab owners play a crucial role in setting an example for their workers when it comes to following safety policies.

    OSHA lab violations“Dental lab owners must be committed to providing a safe workplace and follow their own safety policies,” says Mary A. Borg-Bartlett, president of SafeLink Consulting, a provider of OSHA and FDA compliance services. “For instance, if safety eyewear is required in production areas, then the owner and managers must also wear safety eyewear. It’s unreasonable to expect the general employee population to adhere to safety policies if top management doesn’t set the example.”

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    An OSHA violation can not only have a negative impact on a lab’s reputation but also its bottom line. As of Jan. 2, 2018, OSHA penalty amounts are $12,934 per violation for a serious, other-than-serious, or posting requirements violation. A willful or repeated violation will cost lab owners $129,336 per violation.

    Despite lab owners’ best efforts, complaints may still be reported to OSHA. That’s why it’s critical to stay up to date on best practices and to frequently evaluate processes and systems within the lab environment.

    Click through the slides to find out how to avoid an OSHA inspection.

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

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