Chemicals pose a wide range of health hazards (such as irritation, sensitization, and carcinogenicity) and physical hazards (such as flammability, corrosion, and reactivity). Oral health care settings handle numerous potentially hazardous materials that might have special disposal requirements set by federal and state-specific statutes and regulations.
The Oral Health Program Guide of the Indian Health Service includes more information to develop a site-specific hazards communication program.
Potentially Hazardous Materials
The following information was excerpted from OSHA:
In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. OSHA's hazard communication standard requires the development and dissemination of such information: