OSHA has authority over two areas in the dental office: hazard communication (right-to-know laws) and infection control.
The hazard communication rule sets standards designed to ensure that products containing hazardous chemicals are properly handled by employees. The rule requires chemical manufacturers and importers to convey hazard information to employers through labels on containers and material safety data sheets (MSDSs). All employers must pass this information on to their employees.
In the area of infection control, OSHA is utilizing its general authority to regulate workplace safety by imposing basic infection control requirements on dental and other health care workers.
In order to enforce its workplace regulations, OSHA is authorized by statute to conduct workplace inspections.
From: The Journal of the Philadelphia County Dental Society, May/June 1989, Vol. 54, No. 6
A copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) can be obtained from our supplier. Because of recent OSHA inspections of dental offices citing mishandling of hazardous chemicals, we are providing you with this sheet as a preventive measure to be posted or utilized as you see fit to follow OSHA guidelines.
In the event of spillage, please refer to the sections on Health Hazards and Spill/Leak Procedures on the enclosed MSDS.
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