Posts by Olivia Wann

Clear as Mud? Understanding the KN-95 Suspension by FDA

by Olivia Wann, BS, JD   There is much confusion over FDA suspending the Emergency Use Authorization on KN95s. Keep in mind that the Chinese version of N95s do not meet US standards. Since supplies of N95s are readily available, we can no longer use the KN95s. They are not NIOSH-approved. Even if the Emergency…

Easy (and Compliant!) SDS Organization

By Gracie Hogue, BM   One of the things we’ve noticed over the years in visiting different practice’s is the state of their SDS binder. We often see what we refer to as “Frankenbinders,” which have chunks missing, pieces of unrelated materials added, and an overall disarray of pages. When you look at it, it…

FDA Revokes KN-95 Emergency Use Authorization

by Olivia Wann, BS, JD   During the shortage of N95 filtering facepiece respirators, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization of KN95s. KN95s stands for the regulatory standard for filtering facepiece respirators that are certified in China and are not NIOSH-approved. What are you going to do with all the KN95s? Consider redistributing the…

Flowable Space: Setting Up an Efficient Sterilization Center

by Gracie Hogue, BM   Did you know that the way your Sterilization Center is set up could save you 5+ minutes per procedure and set your practice apart in infection control? Laying out your Sterilization Area efficiently puts your practice in the fast lane on the road to success. Take an honest look at…

The Ins and Outs of Donning and Doffing PPE

by Gracie Hogue, BM   Did you know that your policies should include PPE donning and doffing procedures? When it comes to PPE, the sequence of donning and doffing is just as important as the PPE you’re wearing. Following the proper sequence can save you time and aid your efforts in fighting the spread of…

OSHA’s New Standard: Are You Taking This Information Seriously?

By Olivia Wann, BS, JD   OSHA officially published the Occupational Exposure to COVID-19 – Emergency Temporary Standard. According to OSHA, for the first time in 50 years, OSHA faces a new hazard so grave that it has killed nearly 600,000 people in the U.S. in barely a year and infected millions more. OSHA also…

Does OSHA’s New COVID-19 Workplace Regulations Apply to Your Practice?

By Olivia Wann, BS, JD OSHA published the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on June 10th. https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/safework This standard generally does NOT apply to your dental office IF you meet ALL of the following conditions: All non-employees are screened prior to entry (temperature and symptoms checked) People with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not permitted to enter Your facility is a…

OSHA’s Deal for Fully-Vaccinated Practices

By Olivia Wann, BS, JD   On January 29, 2021, OSHA issued stronger guidance on helping employers implement a COVID-19 prevention program. OSHA has a National Emphasis Program for COVID-19. The Primary Target Industries include healthcare such as dentist offices and doctor offices. Compliance involves assessment of the hazard, identification of control measures, implementation of…

Are Respirator Medical Evaluations Required Annually?

By Olivia Wann, BS, JD   OSHA has temporarily suspended annual medical evaluations during COVID due to shortage of respirators. CDC indicates the following regarding medical evaluations: Medical evaluation is required once, prior to initial fit testing and use, if you are required to use a respirator in your workplace. However, the medical evaluation may…
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