When it comes to dental supplies and tools, safety regulations must be followed to ensure the safety of both dental workers and patients. Although there are no specific OSHA standards for dentistry, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines for infection control in dental health care settings (200) provide recommendations for transporting contaminated instruments and equipment. It is important to remember not to store dental supplies and instruments under sinks or in other places where they could get wet. In the event of an emergency or elective dental care during a pandemic, engineering controls should be used to protect everyone from potential exposure to SARS-CoV-2.High-evacuation suction cups and dental barriers should be used to minimize drip splashes and aerosols.
It is essential that all dental offices develop policies and procedures for transporting contaminated instruments and equipment. This will help ensure that everyone is kept safe while using dental supplies and tools.