Gypsum (calcium sulphate) is generally inert but given the right circumstances it can be highly absorbent.
Dental Practice Owners you are legally required to manage safety and health at work, so as to prevent accidents and ill-health.
It is important that all staff understand and comply with the principles of personal protection as set out in the Dental Council code of practice.
The purpose of this SOP is to ensure a safe and standardised approach to the assembly, use and disposal of sharps containers in your dental practice.
“It is internationally recognised that the most important preventive measure in Infection Prevention and Control is hand hygiene” (HIQA 2007)
Adherence by healthcare workers with hand hygiene opportunities and technique is a frequent focus of evaluation and audit measure.
World Hand Hygiene Day Sunday 5th May is a timely reminder that good hand hygiene is critical to reducing infectious disease transmission for both dental team members and patients.
The Prevention of Sharps Injuries in the Healthcare Sector Regulations (S.I. 135 of 2014) and related Dental Council guidance on sharps management can be overlooked in a busy practice.
As you open your dental practice after the extended holiday period take a few minutes to carry out some infection prevention and control safety checks.