CDA Practice Support has developed the California State Reopening Guide for Dental Practices to help dentists and dental teams understand their responsibilities to maintain a safe environment and communicate with patients about continued COVID-19 safety precautions in the dental office.
California employers must notify employees of potential exposure to COVID-19 at the worksite. This resource details the legal requirements and provides a template for the notice.
Revisions to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards took effect June 17 with several major changes for California employers, including the requirement to make COVID-19 testing available at no cost during paid time to employees in qualifying situations.
The Cal/OSHA Standards Board on June 9 voted to withdraw the revisions to its COVID-19 prevention emergency temporary standards that the board approved June 3 and sent to the Office of Administrative Law for approval. Update: The board met again June 17 and approved new changes that took effect the same day after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order.
Update: The Cal/OSHA Standards Board voted to withdraw the revisions to its COVID-19 prevention emergency temporary standards that the board approved June 3 and sent to the OAL for review. The board met again June 17 and approved new changes to the standards that took effect the same day after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order.
Some dentists are unclear about whether to maintain face covering and social distancing requirements in the dental office following the CDC's updated mask guidance for fully vaccinated people. Cal/OSHA has not yet updated its COVID-19 prevention guidance for dental offices. Protocols for masks and social distancing are still required.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recommending that health care personnel and facilities move away from “crisis capacity conservation strategies” of respirators, including the decontamination of N95s for reuse, now that the domestic supply of those respirators has increased.
Cal/OSHA's current regulations on COVID-19-related screening, testing and quarantining apply to dentists, dental team members and other health care workers in California who are fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, as well as to fully vaccinated patients who enter health care settings.
Dentists have contacted CDA Practice Support with questions about a letter they received from the California Department of Industrial Relations that provides “a list of critical requirements related to COVID-19” that may apply to the business owner and workplace.
Emergency regulations on COVID-19 infection prevention from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health took effect Nov. 30, and most California employers must now comply with the new, temporary COVID-19 workplace safety standards.