Updated Covid-19 workplace guidance

Dr Jane Renehan at Dental Compliance reminds dentists that the Government published updated guidelines (November 20, 2020) to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace to staff.

The Health and Safety Authority will remain the lead agency in co-ordinating compliance with the Work Safely Protocol. Nearly 20,000 Covid-19 inspections have been carried out since May 2020.

The key messages in this document are:

  • each workplace must have at least one Lead Worker Representative who works with the employer to implement infection control protocols;
  • keep the practice Covid-19 Response Plan up to date;
  • monitor staff and patients for signs and symptoms of Covid-19 and have a system to deal with individuals who display symptoms in the workplace; and,
  • continue to implement infection control measures of physical distancing, environmental cleaning, PPE, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

Dr Renehan says: “I suggest that principal dentists and responsible persons in the practice should pay particular attention to the new section in this document which deals with heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC)”. She draws members’ attention to the new advice sheet on Ventilation and SARS-CoV-2 in dentistry on the members’ section of the IDA website.
Dental Compliance Ltd offers an online advisory programme, on-site assessments, and a range of training options for dentists and dental teams who require support with their regulation and compliance concerns – www.dentalcompliance.ie.