When you employ temporary dental staff in your office don’t forget that you and any agency you use are both responsible for all OSHA requirements for that employee. One important requirement for clinical staff in a dental office is proper training and follow through with  blood-borne pathogens and exposures.

Your written exposure plan should include:

• Exposure determination; • Universal precautions, engineering and work practice controls, personal protective equipment, and housekeeping; • Procedures for HIV and HBV research laboratories and production facilities if applicable; • Hepatitis B vaccination and post-exposure follow-up; • Procedures for evaluating circumstances surrounding an exposure incident; • Communication of hazards including information and training; and • Record-keeping, including a sharps injury log if applicable. See: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3888.pdf.