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 Wales, the following standards and guidance are relevant to you, along with the UK wide documents.
|HTM 01-05: Welsh Edition
Decontamination in Primary Care Dental Practices
|This document is designed to assist dental practices in essential quality requirements and best practice in relation to decontamination processes in your dental practice. It is important to be aware that this document is produced specifically for primary care dental practices in Wales and differs slightly to the HTM 01-05: England.|
Health Inspectorate Wales
|The Health Inspectorate Wales is and independent body and regulator of health care providers in Wales. It focuses on improving the safety and quality of health care providers, and is specifically mentioned as key factor in the HTM01-05 Wales edition.|
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.|