Personal Protection Advice

It is essential that employers create a safe work place, which includes providing instructions, procedures, training and supervision, and encourage people to work safely and responsibly.

Within a dental practice protective measures are required which may be used to protect yourself, your colleagues and your patients from the effects of infectious agents and reduce the risks of cross infection within the dental practice and consequent health, registration and legal issues.

Risk assessments will be required to be performed to determine what processes carry a risk that may require personal protection. These risk assessments should be documented and reviewed frequently.
PPE at Work Regulations 1992 are in place to protect workers from injury or sickness caused by their work activities where other controls have not been available. PPE is defined in the Regulations as ‘All equipment which is intended to be worn or held by a person at work and which protects then against one or more risks to their health or safety.
Individuals should maintain responsibility for their own Health and safety.