Providing the best training for your staff is an important part of occupational health and safety. Hazards can be found in any type of office, but dental offices are especially dangerous because there are many chemicals used, sharp tools, and biological hazards that are present on a regular basis. This blog post will provide you with tips and tricks for advocating occupational health and safety in your dental office.
The first step to providing compliant training is making sure that all employees know about the hazards present in the workplace. Hazards include chemical exposures, biological agents, physical factors (such as noise or temperature extremes), ergonomic problems like repetitive motions or awkward positioning, and psychosocial stressors like work overloads or harassment by co-workers, etc. Hazards are also known as potential dangers, risks, or safety issues in the office. The main goal of training is to raise awareness and teach employees how they can help prevent accidents from happening by recognizing these hazards.
This type of hazard training provides knowledge about the workplace environment that every employee should know when working for your company. But it is not enough to just teach employees about the hazards in your office; you need to show them how they can help reduce or eliminate these risks, which will allow for a safer work environment.
Training should also include teaching workers what to do if an accident occurs on-site by providing procedures and methods that are easy to follow. First-aid training is one of the most important types of occupational health and safety training because it can help reduce a worker's fear about what to do if an accident happens. By providing first-aid or medical training early on, employees will be able to make better decisions during a real emergency.
Psychosocial hazards can also be found in dental offices. It's important to provide employees with the right training on these types of risks since they might not understand how it works and what their limits are, which could result in them experiencing problems like stress or anxiety while working with various patients every day. Dealing with difficult patients can be a drain for dentists and their staff alike. Providing proper guidance through the tools at your disposal will help reduce employee burnout while upholding patient satisfaction levels - which should always be a top priority!
To avoid pain, injuries, or diseases it's important that dentists provide a safe working environment for their employees by educating them about musculoskeletal hazards. Musculoskeletal hazards are present when there is an excess strain on the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, or nerves caused by awkward and repetitive body positions while working - resulting in injuries such as muscle spasms, tendonitis, or carpal tunnel syndrome. Training programs on musculoskeletal disease should educate employees on how they can be prevented, and the benefits of early detection.
Dental practices are at risk for occupational hazards including musculoskeletal injuries, psychosocial hazards, and exposure to infectious diseases. Training your staff on how to prevent these risks can help you avoid lawsuits or costly fines.
Have any of the following topics been covered in your training?
- Hazardous Chemicals
- First Aid Procedures
- Psychological Stressors
- Muscle Sprains/Strains
- Workplace Harassment
- Emergency Action Plans
If not, we’d love to work with you to customize a plan that covers all of these important aspects of dental office health and safety. Contact us today! We would love nothing more than to help you keep your team safe while preventing any potential hardships from happening down the line.