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Posted By: thomaskappil
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Joined Date: Sep 13, 2012

Here is OSHA's opinion on the subject you wrote about:

Office Temperature/Humidity

As a general rule, office temperature and humidity are matters of human comfort. OSHA has no regulations specifically addressing temperature and humidity in an office setting. However, Section III, Chapter 2, Subsection V of the OSHA Technical Manual, "Recommendations for the Employer," provides engineering and administrative guidance to prevent or alleviate indoor air quality problems. Air treatment is defined under the engineering recommendations as, "the removal of air contaminants and/or the control of room temperature and humidity." OSHA recommends temperature control in the range of 68-76° F and humidity control in the range of 20%-60%.

Thank you for writing to us.

Posted : Apr 24, 2012
Posted By: JenniferW
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Joined Date: Sep 13, 2012

My name is Jennifer and I work at a dental office here in Matthews, NC. I am just wondering if there is a certain temperature that a dental office is supposed to be set at. Everything that I have heard from other employees that work with me say that no matter what the temperature needs to be set at 68 degrees. I would like to have some information about this if this is true or not and if dental offices have to be set to a certain degree or if this is set by the doctor of the practice. I have been told that this is an osha regulation that it needs to be set at 68 degrees. I was also told that because this an osha "requirement" that it is to help prevent bacteria from growing. If you could email me back here at the office at this email address or you can give me a call here at the office, I would really like to know about this for my information and to also share with my coworkers.

Thank you so much for your help.

Jennifer Williams
Patient Relations Coordinator
DentalWorks
Phone (704) 844-0556
center0103@dentalonepartners.com

Posted : Apr 24, 2012

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