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So some of the questions I would have for you is that you go back and look at your OSHA manuals. Are all of your team members trained? And do you have documentation of them? Maybe you hired a couple of people in between and they are not, they need to get trained. Hello, and
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Hey, everyone, it's Lisa Karen's, and this afternoon, I wanted to take a few minutes and talk to you about OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This is everybody's favorite topic, I know. But in all seriousness, it's going to be a hot topic when we get back to the dental practice. So obviously, with COVID-19, there surrounds a lot of questions, a lot of questions with no true answers. And I am going to discuss a few of the questions that I have been asked. And maybe these are the some questions that your team and some of your people are asking as well. So our lab jackets is number one, I'm getting more questions about are they required. Your lab jacket has always been PPE, PPE, personal protective equipment, these are supplied by the employer. And that has always been a requirement. So will it change? Will we have to have disposable jackets over top of those are question do we launder on site as we always have? Or will that process change? Are there going to be mandated face shields for all of us? And what does that look like to those who are loops? Level three masks? are they sufficient? Or will we need and 90 fives? What about our disinfecting? Right? Many of you remember back in the 80s when we were spray, wipe spray and it was a process. So know that that's going to be a big deal. What changes are going to be made there and shocking airlines are we going to be required to Shaq are waterlines daily now or what does that look like? So, so many questions, and really no solid answers right now. So today, I'm going to talk to you more on what we do know, right. So we have always known that OSHA is important. It's a safety measure that should have been taken in all dental practices. So patients and employees have always felt protected. And it's our central focus in a dental practice to make sure that happens. So we need to be reassuring our patients in our entire team and even many of our family members, that when we do go back, that in addition to what we already did before, we're going to be taking on new safety measures for COVID. And when we find those answers in there available, we will share those. What we don't want to do is give you false answers right now because we do not know that we do not know everything that's going to surround us when we get back. So OSHA it's always been important, very important in our practices that every one of our employees that work in the practice, be trained, and OSHA annually. That's documented. And it's Kevin your OSHA book. And there's also documentation that you've been trained on GHS. It's your global harmonization system very important. It has your nine pictograms and all the chemicals that we are exposed to daily, and what safety measures we need to take for ourselves and our patients. We need documentation that we had that training and that also needs to be in our manuals, our manuals need to be updated, we need to make sure that we have our MSDS or Material Safety Data Sheets separated from our safety data sheets, we need to make sure that all of our team members have the proper PPE required and are wearing them from what we knew before. And then of course, again, we'll add additional, as we know more from COVID. So some of the questions I would have for you is that you go back and look at your OSHA manuals are all of your team members trained and you have documentation of them. Maybe you hired a couple of people in between and they are not they need to get trained. You're going to have patients and team coming in with numerous numerous questions. You certainly want to be educated on OSHA your entire team needs Be educated on OSHA more now than ever. Because when patients are asking those questions, you want to have the right answers. You want to sound educated and you want to reassure them that they are safe in your practice. So, if you do go through your books and you notice that you're deficient in some of those areas, I would certainly make that my top priority. We're here at class to answer any questions that we can. We're also here to set up training if you need that. But I would make this a top priority in the next couple of weeks that we still have off. So in the meantime, I want to say stay safe, stay healthy, and I cannot wait to get back into the dental practices.