There is an extensive list of UK standards and guidance on decontamination and infection control within a dental practice.
Which standards and guidance are applicable to your dental practice depends on where you are in the country.
England, Scotland and Wales have different standards and guidance that cover similar topics. The ones relevant to your practice are defined by geographical location.
These should be adhered to alongside UK wide documents.
If your dental practice is in Northern Ireland, the following standards and guidance are relevant to you, along with the UK wide documents.
|HTM 01-05: Northern Ireland (DHSSPSNI)
Decontamination in Primary Care Dental Practices
|Health Technical Memorandum 01-05 is a document designed to provide guidance to primary care dental practices to ensure that essential quality requirements and current best practice standards are met and maintained within the decontamination processes. It is important to take in account that guidance provided from the Northern Ireland Chief Dental Officer should be followed as some areas of this document may differ slightly from the HTM 01-05: England.|
|Standards and Guidance Minimum Standards for
Dental Care and Treatment (RQIA)
|This document sets out the standards a patient or any individual attending with you should expect to receive from a primary care dental service. It is a set of standards designed to help you understand what quality of care you should be receiving and to ensure that you have a chance to actively express your views to continuously improve the quality and care a dental practice provides.|
The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority
|This organisation is responsible for monitoring and inspecting the quality and availability of health and social providers in Northern Ireland. It is an independent body that aims to ensure health and social care services in Northern Ireland are well managed and accessible and encourage these services to make improvements to its quality.|
The following standards and guidance are relevant to all parts of the UK alongside the relevant geographical requirements.
The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems
|This is an approved code of practice which provides practical help and advice on the control of legionella bacteria in our water systems. It gives guidance on compliance that is relative to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 1999. Management of risk, training, competency and good record keeping are also included in the document.|
|Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare)
(HSE Referring to EN legislation)
|This document provides guidance for employers and employees to help them understand the legal obligations as set out by the Health and Safety Regulations 2013 to ensure that employers are meeting requirements to minimise the risk of sharps injury, are adequately assessed and have the appropriate control measures in place.|