ODA develops sample OSHA Respiratory Protection Program for your office

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many dentists to reassess what levels of personal protective equipment (PPE) are appropriate for different procedures. As a result of this reassessment, some dentists have decided to require the use of respirators by certain dental team members while others have opted to simply make respirators available for staff members to use on a voluntary basis. Dental offices that either requires their use or make their use optional must create a Respiratory Protection Program. The ODA has updated “The Ohio Dentist Advisor: Your Guide to Regulatory Compliance” to assist these member dentists in complying with OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard.
“The Ohio Dentist Advisor: Your Guide to Regulatory Compliance” was created by the Ohio Dental Association as a benefit to ODA members. The guide contains information and resources in one, easy-to-access place to help members run their practices more efficiently.
Click here to access the guide. You can download the entire guide, or skip to Section 5. Infection Control and Hazard Communication to download the sample OSHA Respiratory Protection Program.
A respiratory protection program is not mandated by OSHA for dental offices that do not utilize respirators.