Dental Guidance

Updated May 29, 2020 10:30 PM

During this critical time, the main objective for businesses is to keep people physically separated to reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19.

Partner with the Health Deparment by implementing measures to prevent the spread of disease

 What Steps Can We Take to Protect our Dental Providers, staff and patients?

Infection Control During Check-In

Infection Control during Dental Treatment

 Business Continuity of Operations Plans

Prepare Staff, Volunteers, and Clients

Suggested COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist for Businesses

Adapted from the Lear Safe Work Playbook

 

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Action Item

 

Create an internal response team to review operations and coordinate response. Include diverse employees with different trainings and educational backgrounds, if possible.

 

Create a plan for when employees are quarantined because they are a close contact of a person who is COVID-19 positive and also for employees that need to be isolated because they have tested positive. The plan should include contact with the health department and how to manage multiple workers out of the office.

 

Provide open and transparent communication with all customers and employees.

 

Create a social distancing protocol for customers and employees.

 

Review sick leave policies. Determine if incentives or flexible options are available to encourage employees to stay home when they are sick.

 

Identify possible work-related exposures and health risks to employees. OSHA has more information on how to protect workers from potential exposures to coronavirus.

 

Create policies and procedures for using and stocking preventative materials such as cleaning supplies, thermometers, and cloth masks and gloves.

 

Create an on-site pre-shift health screening procedure for employees to monitor for illness, including fever, recent travel, and any contact with a COVID-19 case.

 

Create a protocol for visitors and contractors to self-screen prior to entry.

 

If applicable, create a protocol for safe transportation of employees or customers.

Online Resources:

American Dental Association: https://www.ada.org/en

Sedgwick County Health Department: https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

Kansas Department of Health and Environment: http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm

Kansas Dental Association: https://www.ksdental.org/

American Dental Association FAQ’s about COVID-19.

Kansas Gov. Kelly Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas: https://covid.ks.gov/ad-astra-a-plan-to-reopen-kansas/

Lear Safe Work Playbook:  https://www.lear.com/Site/Company/Safe-Work-Playbook.aspx

OSHA COVID-19 Guidance: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/

OSAP: OSAP.org