2020 Infection Control Training: Including ADA Recommendations for COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures
You will receive 5 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course.

This course is a comprehensive review of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and provides the necessary information for a dental office to be in compliance with the standard. This course also includes video instruction on COVID-19 infection control protocols and procedures as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP).

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Roger Adams, JD, MBA

Roger Adams, JD, MBA, is an experienced dental educator, a licensed attorney and has almost 20 years of dental education experience.  He provides sound advice on how to protect dental practices from violations of law and other compliance-related topics.  

For over a decade, Mr. Adams has served as the director of education for DrBicuspid.com.  

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to do the following:

  1. Review the requirements for a dental office to be in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
  2. Provide a general explanation of the epidemiology and symptoms of bloodborne diseases.
  3. Provide an explanation of the modes of transmission of bloodborne pathogens.
  4. Review the components of the exposure control plan.
  5. Provide an explanation of the appropriate methods for recognizing tasks and other activities that may involve exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials.
  6. Provide an explanation of the use and limitations of methods that will prevent or reduce exposure, including appropriate engineering controls, work practices, and personal protective equipment.
  7. Provide information on the types, proper use, location, removal, handling, decontamination, and disposal of personal protective equipment.
  8. Provide an explanation of the basis for selection of personal protective equipment.
  9. Provide information on the hepatitis B vaccination.
  10. Provide information on the appropriate actions to take in an emergency involving blood or other potentially infectious materials.
  11. Provide an explanation of the procedure to follow if an exposure incident occurs.
  12. Provide an explanation of the biohazard signs and labels and/or color-coding used in the practice.

In 1992, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enacted the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, codified as 29 CFR 1910.1030. Compliance with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard will reduce occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious material, including the hepatitis B virus (HBV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and other bloodborne pathogens. The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard requires employing healthcare professionals to develop a written exposure control plan for their offices. This plan outlines the policies and procedures used in the office to comply with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. The plan must be reviewed and updated at least annually.

ADA CERP Disclosure: The author of this continuing education activity has no financial relationship to DrBicuspid.com with respect to preparation of these continuing education course materials. The author has disclosed that they do not have any real or perceived conflict of interest in preparing this educational activity, nor does this activity discuss any unlabeled or unapproved drug or device.



  1. Introduction
    1. The Beginning of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
    2. Annual Training Requirement
    3. Dental Office Training Requirements
    4. Compliance with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
    5. Understanding the Disease Process
  2. Being in Control of Your Environment
    1. The Epidemiology of Disease
    2. HIV and HBV
    3. Bloodborne Pathogens of Most Concern
    4. Risk of Exposure
    5. Modes of Transmission of Disease
  3. The Exposure Control Plan
    1. Personal Protection
    2. Personal Protective Equipment
    3. Work Practice Controls
    4. Engineering Controls
    5. Clean and Sanitary Workplace
    6. Universal Precautions
  4. Operational Safety Protocols
    1. Exposure Determination
    2. How to Recognize Tasks Involving Infection
    3. Methods that will Prevent or Reduce Exposure
    4. Handwashing
    5. Hepatitis B Vaccination
    6. Post Exposure Management
  5. Hazard Communication Procedures
    1. The Hazard Communication Plan
    2. Biohazards Labels and Signs
    3. MSDS
    4. Hazardous Chemicals Used in the Office
    5. Labeling Secondary Containers
    6. Recordkeeping
  1. 1910.1030 - Bloodborne pathogens. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration. https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.1030. Accessed March 24, 2020.
  2. Bloodborne infectious diseases: HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, hepatitis C. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) website. www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/bbp/. Updated September 6, 2016. Accessed March 24, 2020.
  3. Bloodborne pathogens. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Department of Health and Human Services. www.cdc.gov.
Release date: March 24, 2020
Review date: March 24, 2020
Expiration date: March 24, 2023
CE courses are administered by IMV, Ltd.
IMV, Ltd is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Concerns or complaints about this CE provider may be directed to DrBicuspid.com support or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp.