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The new Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, 2003, were developed for dental health care personnel. The 2003 Guidelines update and revise previous guidelines and consolidate recommendations from other relevant CDC guidelines (e.g., Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings, Guidelines for Infection Control in Healthcare Personnel, Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in Health Care Facilities) as well as those of other major infection control organizations.
Dental professionals may be at risk for exposure to numerous workplace hazards. These hazards include, but are not limited to, the spectrum of bloodborne pathogens, pharmaceuticals and other chemical agents, human factors, ergonomic hazards, noise, vibration, and workplace violence.
There are currently no specific Occupational Health and Safety Administration standards for dentistry. However, exposure to numerous biological, chemical, environmental, physical, and psychological workplace hazards that may apply to dentistry are addressed in specific standards for the general industry.
Healthy People 2020 continues in this tradition with the launch on December 2, 2010 of its ambitious, yet achievable, 10-year agenda for improving the Nation’s health. Healthy People 2020 is the result of a multiyear process that reflects input from a diverse group of individuals and organizations.
As its title suggests, CDC Guidelines: From Policy to Practice by OSAP takes the infection control recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and helps you, the dental worker, put them into practice. The teaching method for this program is a 170-page, self-study workbook that walks users through the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings-2003.
The mission of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health through research, research training, and the dissemination of health information.
"HIVDENT is a not-for-profit coalition of concerned health care professionals committed to assuring access to high quality oral health care services for adults, adolescents, and children living with HIV disease."