Frequently Asked Questions

Must all containers containing biomedical waste have lids on them? No, the law says it must be closable, unless of course, it contains sharps. If, for example, a red bag contains non- sharps biomedical waste, that bag is considered closable and no lid is required.

Ultrasonic - Does it need a label if so where do you put the label? A label needs to be in place because the cleaning solution being used is considered a hazardous chemical. Having a label on the ultrasonic may cause it to get wet. You can instead place the label on a wall right behind the ultrasonic so everyone is aware of the hazardous nature of the solution.

Is there a regulation about wearing a lab coat vs. short sleeve scrub top? Scrubs are not considered to be adequate PPE, unless they are long sleeved. Some offices have the employees wear short sleeved scrubs while other offices may require the employees to wear polo type shirts with slacks as part of their uniform. The only way they can do this and not violate the OSHA law is to have the employees wear a long sleeved lab coat over them.

Can a dental office have a fan in the operatory? Having a fan in the operatory is completely acceptable under OSHA regulations.

What is the standard for signs in regards to OSHA...English or also Spanish? Employers having employees who speak languages other than English may add information in their native language to the material presented, as long as the information is presented in English as well.

Is a chemical spill kit required and what are some of the chemicals that necessitate having one? We recommend the Master Spill Kit which includes the Mercury Spill Kit, the Biological Spill Kit and the Chemical Spill kit. The Mercury Spill Kit allows employees to safely clean up dental amalgam/mercury accidents as well as broken thermometers and sphygmomanometers, or during sterilization and centrifugation of thermometers in maintenance areas. The Biological Spill Kit helps eliminates the hazards of blood and other body fluids. The Chemical Spill Kit aids in spills of potentially hazardous chemicals (disinfectants, acids, developer, fixer, impression materials, restorative materials, etc.)

How does the Water Test Kit function? Label the plastic case with the sample location (room) and date. Remove the paddle from the sampler case. Add the water sample to the plastic case. Place the paddle firmly into the water sample in the case for approximately 2 minutes. Remove the paddle from the water sample and shake the excess water from the paddle. Empty the sampler case and firmly replace the paddle. Incubate the water test sampler filter side down at room temperature for seven days. Examine the filter; perform colony counts and record results. The color of the paddle is not important, the circular patterns on the paddle is where the microbial colonies will appear. Compare the paddle with the instruction sheet that accompanied the WTK to determine if corrective action is required. HPTC recommends testing twice a year for every operatory.

When I order the OSHA compliant system from you does that make my office OSHA compliant now? No, our Compliance system is designed to assist you in getting your office OSHA Compliant. There are policies, procedures, and guidelines for education and training as well as Maintenance of records, MSDS that need to be followed for OSHA compliance.

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