Depending on the task, examples of safety hazards that can harm workers in dental offices include:

  • Biological pathogens (e.g., bloodborne pathogens in saliva)
  • Exposure to hazardous chemicals and materials (e.g., liquid or gas sterilants, nitrous oxide gas, metal alloys, methyl methacrylate, silica)
  • Awkward postures, repetitive motion, and other physical stressors
  • Pressurized containers (e.g.,autoclaves, gas cylinders)
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Flying debris


Enforcement Policies

Videos, Training, and Prevention

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