Operating a dental practice is very expensive. Many times, the expenses are associated with workers’ compensation. Below is a list of guidelines and procedures that may help a practice owner reduce workers’ compensation costs and claim exposure:
- Maintain a written safety policy.
- Have ongoing safety and health training specific to each job including whenever new substances, processes, procedures, or equipment are introduced to the workplace.
- Use protective barriers to prevent skin exposure when any contact with blood or other body fluids is anticipated.
- Prevent punctures through the careful handling of needles, instruments, and other sharp objects which might penetrate the skin.
- Never recap, bend or break syringe needles.
- Always dispose of needles and other “sharps” in a puncture-resistant container. “Sharps” containers should be located near where they are used.
- Use safe lifting practices with heavy objects and equipment.
Stuart J. Oberman, Esq.
Stuart J. Oberman is the founder and President of Oberman Law Firm. Mr. Oberman graduated from Urbana University and received his law degree from John Marshall Law School. Mr. Oberman has been practicing law for over 30 years, and before going into private practice, Mr. Oberman was in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 Company.
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