Exposure Control

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Exposure Control


Dental Health Care Workers are exposed to bloodborne pathogens when treating patients.  Patients may also be exposed to pathogens during dental hygiene procedures.  The TCDH program follows OSHA/CDC requirements for cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing equipment and work spaces including wearing personal protective equipment during treatment procedures.

Engineering controls for bloodborne pathogens are written and can be found in the Exposure Control-SOP Manual.


Engineering and work practice controls used to prevent or minimize exposure to bloodborne pathogens:

  • Heat (steam under pressure) sterilizers
  • Chemical disinfectants
  • Instrument washers
  • Sharps disposal containers
  • Ultrasonic cleaners
  • High-volume evacuation systems
  • Needle recapping devices

NOTICE:  COVID-19 Engineering Controls

The Taft College Dental Hygiene Program has implemented additional infection control processes based on Guidelines, from CDC, OSHA, ADA, and the CA. Department of Public Health.  Additional processes include yet are not limited to:

  • Required masks/face coverings
  • Temperature Screening
  • Use of face shields during treatment procedures
  • Elimination/reduction of aerosol producing equipment
  • Limited appointments
  • Air Purification System

Should additional information be required, please contact the dental hygiene program 661-763-7706