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Enrol today for only £9.99 and pay no course fees until next year. What’s more you’ll be able to access your course materials straight away!

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Dental Health and Safety

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Dental Health and Safety

This Course at a Glance

  • Gain essential knowledge of how to implement a safe work environment
  • Meet registration requirements of the General Dental Council
  • Zoom and Tutor Led Training
  • Record 3 verifiable CPD hours
  • No exams or classrooms
  • Study at your own pace
 

About Your CPD Course

To perform your role at the highest level, you need to be aware of and adhere to health and safety rules in the workplace. In order for staff and patients to be safe in a dental practice, certain measures need to be implemented and followed.
 
If you’re looking to enhance your position as a qualified dental nurse, then you should consider enrolling on our nationally recognised Health & Safety for Dental Professionals course.
 
Not only will you gain essential knowledge on the procedures and protocols of health and safety, but you will contribute to your mandatory hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). To keep your spot on the General Dental Council (GDC) Register, you are required to complete at least 150 hours of CPD every five years.
 
Our Health & Safety for Dental Professionals course, which is verifiable by CPD standards, delves into the guidelines and regulations that you need to know. Once you have completed the online course, you will have a strong understanding of the rules.
 
With this knowledge, you can help to implement and maintain a healthy and safe work environment for fellow professionals and patients.
 

Getting Started

As the UK’s leading online learning provider, learndirect delivers an extensive portfolio of regulated courses that help students achieve their professional goals. Our Health & Safety for Dental Professionals course is taught through live online materials via our student portal.
 
As soon as you enrol, you will be given instant 24/7 access to these materials, allowing you to complete the course within your own time and at your own place. The course represents 3 hours of verifiable CPD hours
 

Next Course Date:

26 March 2022  10.00am to 1.00pm via Zoom
Our Health & Safety for Dental Professionals CPD course will cover the key rules and regulations related to health and safety in a dental practice. The learning outcomes include:
  • Knowledge of the current health and safety guidelines, procedures, and protocols
  • How to master audit tools to confirm that legal requirements are met in the practice
  • An understanding of Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER), waste disposal, and other regulations
  • An understanding of manual handling and ergonomics

You must be a registered dental care professional on the General Dental Council Register to enrol on to our Health & Safety for Dental Professionals CPD course. To get started, you will need your GDC number.

 

Please note, there are no assessments in this course. Upon successful completion of the course modules, you will be able to perform the new learned duties in practice, but only under the prescription of a Dentist.

On successful completion of this course, you will receive a learndirect Certificate of Completion for this Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course.

Your course certificate will also state the number of CPD points/hours the course is eligible for.
Please can further details about the qualifications be sent through

 

Frequently Asked Questions

While an enjoyable and social career, dentistry, unfortunately, has a higher level of health and safety risks than other professions. Though, dental professionals take numerous precautions to ensure they and their patients remain safe from harm. It is essential that any aspiring dental professionals are well aware of the health and safety issues involved in dentistry before they enter this career, they include: Infectious hazards: Anything from needles and sharps to aerosols and spatter can transmit viral and life-threatening infections like acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and hepatitis B. There is also the risk of contracting bacterial infections, Psychological hazards: Dentistry can be quite a high-stress profession which can lead to more severe psychological conditions if the appropriate stress handling measures are not undertaken, Allergic reactions: The vast array of dental materials used in practice can lead to allergic skin irritations. Latex gloves are a common cause but detergents, lubricating oils, solvents, and X-ray processing chemicals are also known irritants, Physical hazards: Because of the intricate nature of dental procedures, dental professionals can be susceptible to numerous musculoskeletal complications as a result of working in awkward positions, Mercury health hazard: Health issues related to mercury exposure are well known in dentistry. High mercury vapour exposure is known to lead to biological and neurological problems, however, preventatives like sealed amalgam capsules, water irrigation, high suction, effective ventilation, proper collection and disposal of amalgam have significantly reduced this risk, Ionizing radiation: As a result of taking X-rays in the dental office, Non-ionizing radiation: A more recent hazard affecting the eye and other exposed tissues, stemming from the lasers used to apply composites and other resins over amalgam, Anaesthetic gases: Long-term exposure to nitrous oxide gas may be harmful to dental professionals
Health and safety is important in dentistry because it protects each individual within the dental practice (dental professionals, patients and visitors) from harm while on the premises.
Like all workplaces, a dental practice, its employees and patients are all covered by the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974). However, as the dental workplace has more hazards than most workplaces, there is additional legislation dental practices must adhere to in order to operate safely. Compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act is monitored and regulated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as such, each dental practice must be registered with the HSE. The General Dental Council (GDC) also stipulates Dentists must comply with the additional legislation for dental workplaces. To comply with these requirements, Dentists must:Run a safe working environment that poses no risk to employee health, that also has adequate facilities and arrangements for employee welfare at work, Make sure the dental practice, including the means of access and exit, remains in a safe condition, Ensure the appliances, equipment and systems of work they provide are in a safe condition and remain that way, Check all dental employees are trained to safely handle and store all dangerous or potentially harmful items and substances, Where required, provide the instruction, training and supervision required to ensure health and safety in the dental practice, Annually review the performance of all dental employees in terms of health and safety, identifying and immediately addressing any errors or concerns highlighted , Have the official health and safety poster displayed at all times for dental employees to refer to Its essential Dentists keep their staff informed of all safety measures adopted in order to comply. In addition to this, any dental practice with five employees and over has to produce a comprehensive health and safety policy, as well as provide a copy of this policy to each staff member. This policy must classify the health and safety procedures of the dental practice, as well as the name of the person taking responsibility for that procedure. The telephone numbers of each dental, administration and equipment maintenance contractor, as well as the local HSE contact, and emergency services should also be listed.
The prevention of errors and adverse effects to dental patients and dental health professionals from associated dental health care.
There are numerous health and safety hazards in the dental profession, though, they tend to fall into the below five categories: Infections, Musculoskeletal injuries, Radiation exposure, Sharps injuries, Slips, trips and falls
PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment and it is one element of the standard precautions for infection prevention and control in dentistry. The other elements include ventilation, waste management, immunisation and correct working practices.

Dental Health and Safety

This Course at a Glance

  • Gain essential knowledge of how to implement a safe work environment
  • Meet registration requirements of the General Dental Council
  • Zoom and Tutor Led Training
  • Record 3 verifiable CPD hours
  • No exams or classrooms
  • Study at your own pace
 

About Your CPD Course

To perform your role at the highest level, you need to be aware of and adhere to health and safety rules in the workplace. In order for staff and patients to be safe in a dental practice, certain measures need to be implemented and followed.
 
If you’re looking to enhance your position as a qualified dental nurse, then you should consider enrolling on our nationally recognised Health & Safety for Dental Professionals course.
 
Not only will you gain essential knowledge on the procedures and protocols of health and safety, but you will contribute to your mandatory hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). To keep your spot on the General Dental Council (GDC) Register, you are required to complete at least 150 hours of CPD every five years.
 
Our Health & Safety for Dental Professionals course, which is verifiable by CPD standards, delves into the guidelines and regulations that you need to know. Once you have completed the online course, you will have a strong understanding of the rules.
 
With this knowledge, you can help to implement and maintain a healthy and safe work environment for fellow professionals and patients.
 

Getting Started

As the UK’s leading online learning provider, learndirect delivers an extensive portfolio of regulated courses that help students achieve their professional goals. Our Health & Safety for Dental Professionals course is taught through live online materials via our student portal.
 
As soon as you enrol, you will be given instant 24/7 access to these materials, allowing you to complete the course within your own time and at your own place. The course represents 3 hours of verifiable CPD hours
 

Next Course Date:

26 March 2022  10.00am to 1.00pm via Zoom

Modules

Our Health & Safety for Dental Professionals CPD course will cover the key rules and regulations related to health and safety in a dental practice. The learning outcomes include:
  • Knowledge of the current health and safety guidelines, procedures, and protocols
  • How to master audit tools to confirm that legal requirements are met in the practice
  • An understanding of Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER), waste disposal, and other regulations
  • An understanding of manual handling and ergonomics

Requirements

You must be a registered dental care professional on the General Dental Council Register to enrol on to our Health & Safety for Dental Professionals CPD course. To get started, you will need your GDC number.

 

Assessment

Please note, there are no assessments in this course. Upon successful completion of the course modules, you will be able to perform the new learned duties in practice, but only under the prescription of a Dentist.

Qualifications

On successful completion of this course, you will receive a learndirect Certificate of Completion for this Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course.

Your course certificate will also state the number of CPD points/hours the course is eligible for.
Please can further details about the qualifications be sent through

 

Frequently Asked Questions

While an enjoyable and social career, dentistry, unfortunately, has a higher level of health and safety risks than other professions. Though, dental professionals take numerous precautions to ensure they and their patients remain safe from harm. It is essential that any aspiring dental professionals are well aware of the health and safety issues involved in dentistry before they enter this career, they include: Infectious hazards: Anything from needles and sharps to aerosols and spatter can transmit viral and life-threatening infections like acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and hepatitis B. There is also the risk of contracting bacterial infections, Psychological hazards: Dentistry can be quite a high-stress profession which can lead to more severe psychological conditions if the appropriate stress handling measures are not undertaken, Allergic reactions: The vast array of dental materials used in practice can lead to allergic skin irritations. Latex gloves are a common cause but detergents, lubricating oils, solvents, and X-ray processing chemicals are also known irritants, Physical hazards: Because of the intricate nature of dental procedures, dental professionals can be susceptible to numerous musculoskeletal complications as a result of working in awkward positions, Mercury health hazard: Health issues related to mercury exposure are well known in dentistry. High mercury vapour exposure is known to lead to biological and neurological problems, however, preventatives like sealed amalgam capsules, water irrigation, high suction, effective ventilation, proper collection and disposal of amalgam have significantly reduced this risk, Ionizing radiation: As a result of taking X-rays in the dental office, Non-ionizing radiation: A more recent hazard affecting the eye and other exposed tissues, stemming from the lasers used to apply composites and other resins over amalgam, Anaesthetic gases: Long-term exposure to nitrous oxide gas may be harmful to dental professionals
Health and safety is important in dentistry because it protects each individual within the dental practice (dental professionals, patients and visitors) from harm while on the premises.
Like all workplaces, a dental practice, its employees and patients are all covered by the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974). However, as the dental workplace has more hazards than most workplaces, there is additional legislation dental practices must adhere to in order to operate safely. Compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act is monitored and regulated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as such, each dental practice must be registered with the HSE. The General Dental Council (GDC) also stipulates Dentists must comply with the additional legislation for dental workplaces. To comply with these requirements, Dentists must:Run a safe working environment that poses no risk to employee health, that also has adequate facilities and arrangements for employee welfare at work, Make sure the dental practice, including the means of access and exit, remains in a safe condition, Ensure the appliances, equipment and systems of work they provide are in a safe condition and remain that way, Check all dental employees are trained to safely handle and store all dangerous or potentially harmful items and substances, Where required, provide the instruction, training and supervision required to ensure health and safety in the dental practice, Annually review the performance of all dental employees in terms of health and safety, identifying and immediately addressing any errors or concerns highlighted , Have the official health and safety poster displayed at all times for dental employees to refer to Its essential Dentists keep their staff informed of all safety measures adopted in order to comply. In addition to this, any dental practice with five employees and over has to produce a comprehensive health and safety policy, as well as provide a copy of this policy to each staff member. This policy must classify the health and safety procedures of the dental practice, as well as the name of the person taking responsibility for that procedure. The telephone numbers of each dental, administration and equipment maintenance contractor, as well as the local HSE contact, and emergency services should also be listed.
The prevention of errors and adverse effects to dental patients and dental health professionals from associated dental health care.
There are numerous health and safety hazards in the dental profession, though, they tend to fall into the below five categories: Infections, Musculoskeletal injuries, Radiation exposure, Sharps injuries, Slips, trips and falls
PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment and it is one element of the standard precautions for infection prevention and control in dentistry. The other elements include ventilation, waste management, immunisation and correct working practices.

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