- Published: Wednesday, 23 October 2019 19:41
You may think that workers' compensation only covers highly physical jobs like construction work, but many sectors provide this coverage. In fact, only a few exemptions to workers' compensation exist, such as volunteers, business owners, and independent contractors.
If you are starting a career in a dental office, you need to be aware of work-related injuries and illnesses and how to deal with them. Workers' compensation shouldn't be denied if you are injured on the job. Here are three work-related injuries that can happen at dental practices.
1. Sharps-Related Injury
Even when you are careful, sometimes you can get a needle-stick injury or a cut by a scalpel blade. You can reduce the risk of this type of injury by:
- Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, scrubs, and masks
- Keeping the caps on needles when not in use for anesthetic injections
- Facing the sharp ends of needles and scalpel blades toward walls and setting them further back on counters so they aren't accidentally bumped into
- Using hemostats to remove and replace scalpel blades on handles instead of using your hands to pull them off
- Disposing of blades immediately after use
- Placing any sharp items in designated sharps bins