Occupational Environmental Hazards in the Dental Office: Risks & Prevention, 2nd Ed. - L0764


About Course #L0764

Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: June 14, 2019 

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

There are many potential occupational health hazards associated with working in a dental office. Some health risks have long been known to the dental profession; others have only more recently been discovered as potential health risks. No member of the dental team is immune to these potential hazards. Every team member must take precautions and employ preventive measures to reduce personal health risks associated with occupational hazards.

This basic-level course presents information on the health risks associated with mercury, radiation, caustic agents, nitrous oxide, oxygen and ethylene oxide, airborne particles and contaminants, latex allergies, white visible light and dental lasers, and bonding materials and acrylics. Also discussed are steps to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and minimize hazardous noise levels in dental practice.

AGD Subject Code: 130

Course Objectives

  • Identify common health risks and preventive measures associated with mercury, radiation, and hazardous chemicals used in dentistry.
  • Identify common health risks and preventive measures associated with noxious gases and bioaerosols in dentistry.
  • Identify common health risks and preventive measures associated with latex, visible white light, dental lasers, and bonding materials.
  • Identify common health risks and preventive measures associated with hazardous noise levels.
  • Identify common health risks and preventive measures associated with carpal tunnel syndrome and hand injuries.

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

Ellen Dietz-Bourguignon, BS, CDA-Emeritus, earned her bachelor of science degree in allied health education in dental auxiliary utilization and a community college teaching certificate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She began her dental career as an associate-degreed certified dental assistant in private practice. Following a 7-year dental assisting teaching career at Orange County Community College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Erie County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, and Niagara County Community College, she began writing on dental topics for Dental Assisting Magazine, eventually rising to the position of managing editor. Ms. Dietz-Bourguignon has worked in dental marketing, project management, and product development at Semantodontics and in legal administration for the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners. She has published five books in the dental assisting market, including Dental Office Management and Safety Standards and Infection Control for Dental Assistants, and has been keynote speaker at the American Dental Assistants Association Annual Session. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals, including The Dental Assistant, Dentist, The Dental Student, Dental Economics, RDH, and Dental Teamwork.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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