Get an A+ rating from the OSHA Inspector

Get an A+ rating from an OSHA Inspector. Five tips from  Jill Obrochta & Heather Whitt/ Dental Enhancements

By Jill Obrochta & Heather Whitt/ Dental Enhancements

Did you know? This year, OSHA Inspectors are out in full force and they’re scrutinizing dental offices more than ever. Why? Well in recent months it seems the media has targeted several dentists, nationwide, that have had “less than ideal” Infection Control Protocols.  Now let’s focus on the positive: What should your dental office have in place for Mr. OSHA Inspector:

  1. Employee Paperwork. Make sure all employees have HEP B Vaccination Records, Proof-of-Annual OSHA Employee Training, Proof-of-Global Harmonization System Training, Occupational Exposures Document and Medical History on file for all employees.
  1. New Global Harmonization System (GHS) Protocols & Paperwork. GHS was mandated to be in place in all dental offices as of December 1, 2013. This means you need: Proof-of-GHS Employee Training, a New OSHA Manual written to GHS Standards, Conversion of your USA–MSDS Sheets to the new International SDS Sheets and a diagram of the new Pictograms posted within your office dwelling. If you don’t have your act together with regard to GHS, consider a comprehensive GHS Solution.
  1. Required Labels & Stickers. You will need both: Hazard Rating Labels at the point-of-use to represent all of your dental products, as well as Bio Hazard Labels at all bio hazardous areas within your office. (i.e.: at radiation buttons, on soiled laundry bins, at suction traps)
  1. Proper number of Sharps Containers and Red Bags within your office. Now required at the point-of-use are small sharps disposals and red bags for soft soiled waste. It is not prudent or safe to walk with or re-handle soiled waste. Make sure you place “point-of-use” disposal containers in all of your operatories.
  1. Sterilization & Disinfection Logs and Receipts. Keep all of these documents together in an organized binder in chronological order. Inspectors will want: Biomedical Waste Pick-Up Receipts, Spore Test Results and Cold Sterile Changing Logs for the past 3 years.

Does your office make the grade? Seriously, many dental offices do not know where unsafe behavior starts and where compliance begins. Don’t be caught unprepared or looking uneducated. Saying that you are unaware of the OSHA requirements will only infuriate most OSHA Inspectors. Make sure you choose an OSHA Compliance Training Company that will assist you in getting all requirements in place. Choose one that will help you with understanding and implementing all of the requirements and that will help direct you when putting your protocols in place.

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An urgent and important matter: the hours in your day


Ever missed a deadline based on over-commitment? Constantly putting in late nights at the practice because at day’s end your grand plans have eluded you?

Taking 10 minutes to read and digest an article by Lisa Philp from Transitions Group North America should be on what she defines as your “Important but Not Urgent” list.

Though discussions of time management are often not worth the precious moments you dedicate to them, her succinct classification suggestions do not fall in the aforementioned category.

By taking a few moments to review your projects, activities and commitments at hand and prioritize them – and then make a habit of that process – you will be one step closer to perfecting this necessary discipline.

In which of Philp’s four suggested categories should items on your Outlook calendar fall today?

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NYC dentist creates gallery of goodness.

(Courtesy In a photo featured in Ebony magazine, Dr. Lee Gause is shown with Takashi Murakami print as publicity for a recent article about his creative dental charity.

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CAPTION: (Courtesy This Ebony magazine photo offers a glimpse at NYC dentist and philanthropist Dr. Lee Gause with a Takashi Murakami print. For a limited time, you can own a piece of work from this masterful artist and support Dr. Gause’s charitable dental efforts at the same time. 

A SoHo soiree hosted July 9 paired an internationally renowned talent Takashi Murakami in a posh gallery setting with enthusiasts of fine art. What made it unique? Its host and approach.

Dr. Lee Gause, recently profiled in Ebony magazine @EbonyMag on Twitter, provides complimentary dental services to uninsured people through the charity he founded — New York City’s Smile Design Gallery. For the past year, the organization’s art shows/auctions have enlisted celebrities and artists (Swizz Beatz, Fab Five Freddy, A$AP TyY, Angelo Romano and Chi Modu) to showcase at various locations around Manhattan with proceeds benefitting his mission: 100 percent of the value of art sold is matched in free dental care for uninsured people.

Dr. Gause told  Ebony’s @PrincessGabbara: “Rather than offer the most cost-effective treatment to a large amount of people, SDG does the exact opposite by offering the highest level of care to a select group of people who truly need it, including porcelain veneers, dental implants and sedation dentistry. In fact, one gentleman, who fell down a flight of stairs and lost all of his front teeth as a result, received $25,000 worth of dental work thanks to SDG.”

Planning a trip to NYC? Schedule it around the next show. Find out how to support the cause at:

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For more information about Smile Design Gallery, visit the official website.  

Come on people now. Smile on your brother.

CAPTION: Benco Dental Managing Partner Chuck Cohen presents the CenterPoint Design team's "peaceful demonstration" for the United Way Food Drive.

CAPTION: Benco Dental Managing Partner Chuck Cohen presents the CenterPoint Design team’s “peaceful demonstration” for the United Way Food Drive.

In Northeast Pennsylvania, for the past 23 years, the Workplace Council (through the United Way of Wyoming Valley) has organized a Christmas in July Food Drive in order to restock local food pantries. This project is scheduled at a crucial time of the year when many pantries find their shelves empty and in need of supplies.

The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank who distributes the food donations to charitable organizations feeding the needy in the region. Some of these charities include food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, group homes for the disabled, day care centers, children’s camps and senior citizen programs.

Benco Dental, the largest privately-owned dental company in the United States, annually supports the cause, and this year, thanks to an associate suggestion through the organization’s Idea Bank, a  a contest is underway to generate additional donations. Contest winners will be determined by a calculation of pounds (overall pounds of food per person on the team) and monetary donations (every dollar raised counts as 2 lbs. of food).

The collection continues through July 28. Find out how to support the cause through the United Way of Wyoming Valley @UnitedWayWB.

Tooth Fairy Files: A mockumentary for the next generation

A “Wanted” portrait of the tooth-snatching mouse known throughout Latin America as Ratoncito Perez; an early 19th century tooth key used for pulling teeth, a puppet from the early 1930s; tiny porcelain teeth and a drawer of coins, shells, and other substances used as money — the makings of a curious collection.

To the folks at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, these artifacts provide actual evidence that the Tooth Fairy used the Smithsonian as her secret drop location, at least as part of an imaginative video inspired by Katherine Ott,  Curator in the Division of Medicine and Science there.

“The material past holds countless surprises and mysteries to be solved—the next generation of history lovers, historians, and museum goers may well become hooked on the past through the museum’s mockumentary on the Tooth Fairy mystery,” Ott writes in her museum blog. 

With the help of student film-maker Angeli Gabriel from American University and Ott’s museum colleagues who agreed to dead-pan for the camera, “The Tooth Fairy File” became a reality.

Ott invites those with  youngsters in their life (pediatric dentists, this means you) to inspire them, using the video, to start their journey through time with a museum visit.

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