Tips for Serving as an Infection Control Coordinator

To ensure patient and dental care team safety, we adhere to standards of infection prevention. We are expected to observe CDC guidelines and OSHA standards every day. Unfortunately, some dental offices have missed the mark on their infectious control efforts resulting in patients and dental care teams being unnecessarily exposed to disease.

In an effort to ensure more diligent infection control compliance in 2016 and beyond, the CDC recommended that every dental office select and train an Infection Control Coordinator. While many dental offices have taken this step, using this newly named team member as the “go to” to thwart infection breaches and establish safer practices, many offices have yet to name and train their designee. 

Where does the Infection Control Coordinator start?

This presentation gives the entire dental team a summary of why the Infection Control Coordinator is essential and what is expected to ensure adherence. You will also gain an understanding of the role Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plays in your practice, and review guidelines distributed by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Learn How To

  • Communicate the essential elements of the 2003 and 2016 CDC guidelines
  • Explore OSHA guidelines related to bloodborne pathogens and hazard control standards
  • Examine the OSHA exposure control plan and template specific to the dental office
  • Analyze the implications of major infection control violations including the Tulsa, Oklahoma case
  • Review globally harmonized labeling of hazardous chemicals
  • Assess guideline levels, including: suggestions, recommendations, and mandates  

Steps to Complete this Course

  1. Listen to the podcast.
  2. Register for the course.
  3. Complete your brief quiz and course evaluation.
  4. Receive a Certificate of Completion via email or mail.

Meet Our Expert

Kandis Garland, RDH, BS, is an Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene at Idaho State University. She holds Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and Master of Science in Dentistry from the University of Minnesota. She is an active researcher in the areas of calibration of faculty, infection control, workforce issues, and dental hygiene education. Her work at the Pocatello, Idaho campus focuses on health and safety coordination and infection control. Garland is a member of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene’s Peer Review Panel and is a frequent contributor to countless journals. She also answers questions regarding infection control and associated issues on the “Ask the Expert” online forum.

More Information

2017 OSHA: A Guide to Compliance with OSHA Standards

2016 Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care

Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP)

Original release date: January 10, 2018. Expiration date: 2020.




1 hour

Minnesota Credits
1 core (Infection Control)

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