Dental Laboratory Compliance: Health & Safety in the Dental Laboratory Environment

Assignment Title: 
Dental Technology Compliance; Health and Safety in the Dental Laboratory Environment.

Task 1: 
Describe the Health and Safety legislation that applies to a dental laboratory where health and safety records must be kept. Include information on: 
• The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH – 2003 Northern Ireland),
• Portable Appliance Testing (PAT),
• Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR – 2004 Northern Ireland),
• Maintenance schedules for protective equipment- dust/fumes and filters.

Task 2:
Describe the procedures for keeping Health and Safety records. Include:
• Review schedules,
• What records need to be kept,
• How long records must be kept for,
• How they should be stored,
• Who must have access to them.

Task 3:
Consider the procedures for keeping Health and Safety records and then estimate/evaluate how effective they are by explaining:
• Any strengths and weaknesses in the systems (alternate procedure).
• The implications of non-adherence to the required procedures (enforcement).

Bibliography/Sources of Information:

– Management of Health and Safety at work Regulations 1999 – approved code of practice.
– Safe use of Work Equipment – Health and Safety Executive (HSE) (PUWER 1998 regulations).
– Department of Health – Health Technical Memorandum 07-01: Safe management of healthcare waste.
– Basics of Dental Technology – A Step by step approach. Johnson, J., Patrick, D., Stokes, C., Wildgoose, D., Wood, D. (2011). West Sussex. Wiley Blackwell Publishing.
– Class handouts – Health and Safety and Record Keeping.

Can a short introduction and conclusion be included. Preferred typeface: Arial size 12.

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