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Osha Manuals Total posts: 19 Joined: 05/27/13 21:46:12
Hi: I’m reaching out in regards to your question: In a dental office are long sleeves required in the open bay for simple procedures such as prophy's or would short sleeve's be acceptable as long as a lab coat is worn in the operatories? The Personal Protective Equipment Standard is what’s called “performance oriented” which means it is up to the employer to make a determination as to what type of protective equipment is necessary based on the procedure being performed. The PPE standard Paragraph (d)(3)(i) states: When there is occupational exposure, the employer shall provide, at no cost to the employee, APPROPRIATE personal protective equipment such as, but not limited to, gloves, gowns, laboratory coats, face shields or masks and eye protection, and mouthpieces, resuscitation bags, pocket masks, or other ventilation devices. Personal protective equipment will be considered "APPROPRIATE" only if it does not permit blood or other potentially infectious materials to pass through to or reach the employee's work clothes, street clothes, undergarments, skin, eyes, mouth, or other mucous membranes under normal conditions of use and for the duration of time which the protective equipment will be used. As you can see above, the idea is that potentially infectious material does not reach an employee’s skin. For this reason, I wouldn’t recommend wearing short sleeves even during routine/preventative procedures because they don’t do a sufficient job of preventing blood or OPIM from contacting exposed skin. Here’s a Letter of Interpretation from OSHA that speaks more to this topic. Hope this helps! Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions.
Posted: 11/06/18 20:04:38
Connie Mason Total posts: 1 Joined: 11/06/18 15:36:44
In a dental office are long sleeves required in the open bay for simple procedures such as prophy's or would short sleeve's be acceptable as long as a lab coat is worn in the operatories?
Posted: 11/06/18 15:36:44
 
 
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