OSHA From The Dentist’s Perspective

Co-Authored by Alicia Nesline Shaw, Attorney, Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP

Dr. Dennis Benton of Mint Dental Team is familiar with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from his days before dental school. “My previous experience with OSHA was in various jobs I held before I attended OSU College of Dentistry. I handled various hazardous chemicals, operated different machinery, and more. There are things in all jobs that must be considered for safety.”

Now as the owner of a general dentistry practice, Dr. Benton makes sure his team receives regular safety training. Ongoing OSHA training is important for every team member because every business experiences attrition in staff. This creates new positions in the business, which may lead to subtle changes in daily procedures. These changes can either benefit everyone or put everyone at risk of injury.

Is your dental office prepared for an OSHA visit?