Physical plant safety includes a range of topics from safety promoting office design to toy safety. These are the physical properties of the pediatric dental practice that inhibit or promote a safe environment.
HPTC Compliance Training Partners HIPPA Compliance Audit Checklist *
Compliance Training Partners provides a wide variety of instructional manuals, safety products and testing devices designed to meet the regulatory requirements of office based healthcare facilities.
For Kids' Sake: Think Toy Safety...by Knowing Toy Dangers, Consumer Product Safety Commission
This graphic from the Consumer Product Safety Commission outlines toy safety guidelines.
Image Gently During Dental Procedures, Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging
This website from the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging illustrates safety guidelines for taking images of pediatric dental patients.
Office Design, ADA
These articles from the ADA include topics like legal and regulatory issues of office design and tips to maintain safe equipment.
Radiation Safety in Dental Practices, CDA
This document contains the California Radiation Control Regulations pertaining to dental practice.
Workstation Security: Don't Forget About Physical Security
This document by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services points out appropriate physical security controls for HIPAA-covered entities, including important questions that each organization should ask when determining a plan.
Toy Safety Checklist, University of California San Francisco California Childcare Health Program *
This checklist created by the University of California San Francisco California Childcare Health Program includes a helpful list of items to consider when trying to prevent toy-related injuries. Such items include “toys are put away when not in use;” “toys that are mouthed are washed and disinfected between users;” and “children are not permitted to play with any type of plastic bag or balloon.”
ADA Tip Sheet on Emergency Preparedness
A resource for emergency preparedness in the dental workplace.
Radiation Safety in Dentistry, FDI *
The FDI World Dental Federation issued this policy statement about radiation safety with specific guidelines to minimize radiation exposure.
Toys Are a Potential Source of Cross-Infection in General Practitioners' Waiting Room
The authors of this article found that compared to soft toys in waiting rooms, hard toys are less contaminated, easier to clean and do not recontaminate as rapidly as soft toys.
Eye-Related Trauma and Infection in Dentistry
Eye-Related Trauma and Infection in Dentistry discusses dental eye injury, concluding that eye protection can reduce the risk of eye damage, and therefore protection should be worn even if risk of damage is low.
Allergic Reactions to Dental Materials-A Systematic Review
This article reviews dental materials and identifies those most likely to cause allergic reactions for patients and clinicians.
Safety Risk Assessment 2.0 Webinar, Center for Health Care Design
This webinar helps viewers understand safety issues and introduces the Center for Health Design’s Safety Risk Assessment toolkit for designing healthcare organizations’ physical facilities for safety.
Eleven Basic Procedures/Practices for Dental Patient Safety
Eleven Basic Procedures/Practices for Dental Patient Safety reviews the most common causes of injury in the dental office, and recommendations for prevention.
Foundations: Building the Safest Dental Visit. A Training Module Focused on Increasing Safety in the Dental Office
This website from the CDC presents a number of training modules focused on safety in the operatory.
HIPAA Compliance for Dental Offices
HIPAA Compliance for Dental Offices offers an overview of HIPAA and key considerations for high risk areas in the dental office.
HIPAA Rules for Dentists
This short article covers HIPAA regulations and considerations that apply to a dental practice.
Toy Safety, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
This webpage from Nationwide Children’s provides a variety of different resources related to toy safety, including tips, recent news articles, and research publications related to toy safety. This page also includes a video on the frequency of toy-related emergency department visits, as well as related toy injury facts. Visit https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/research/areas-of-research/center-for-injury-research-and-policy/injury-topics/home-safety/toy-safety
Toy Safety Prevention, University of Rochester Medical Center
This entry in the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Adult and Children’s Health Encyclopedia provides preventive toy-safety tips, including recommendations to prevent choking, falling or drowning, suffocation and strangulation, and other toy-related injuries.
Why are Latex Balloons a Danger to Children?
Why are Latex Balloons a Danger to Children? provides a summary on the reasons latex balloons are not recommended for children under age 8.
Child Safety Protection Act
This Act presents standards and requirements for toy labeling set forth by the U.S. Federal Government.