SRJC Course Outlines

6/1/2023 11:56:18 AMDE 51 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  DE 51Title:  OCCUP HEALTH AND SAFETY  
Full Title:  Occupational Health and Safety
Last Reviewed:9/10/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled08 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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The science and principles of current infection control protocol, dental office safety and accident prevention. Focus is on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines for Infection Control in Dentistry and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard.

Concurrent Enrollment in DE 55A

Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:
Acceptance to the Allied Dental Programs

Schedule of Classes Information
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The science and principles of current infection control protocol, dental office safety and accident prevention. Focus is on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines for Infection Control in Dentistry and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Concurrent Enrollment in DE 55A
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:Acceptance to the Allied Dental Programs
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1997Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Apply evidence-based infection control and safety policies in the dental practice.
2.  Initiate and assume responsibility for a safety program that includes management of hazardous
    waste, chemical waste and biomedical waste, and is in compliance with regulatory agencies.

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.   Explain the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines for management of blood borne
      pathogens, hazardous waste, and biomedical waste.
2.   Integrate into practice the components of the California Dental Board's Infection Control
3.   Describe the principles of infection control in relation to the "Chain of Infection."
4.   Develop a written Personnel Health Program.
5.   Identify the blood borne pathogens and recommend strategies of preventing the transmission
      of blood borne diseases.
6.   Develop a flowchart for the management of occupational exposures to blood borne
7.   Compare and contrast various types of personal protective equipment.
8.   Examine the issues associated with the use of latex products in dentistry.
9.   Analyze the various methods of heat sterilization and compare the advantages and
      disadvantages of each method.
10. Analyze the various types of surface disinfectants and compare the advantages and
      disadvantages of each method.
11. Describe the methods of handling both regulated and non-regulated dental waste.
12. Identify the categories of environmental surfaces and describe the appropriate method for
      managing contamination.
13. Evaluate the types of dental unit waterline control devices and explain the pros and cons of
14. Describe the appropriate infection control measures associated with dental radiography.
15. Explain the differences between the infection control protocols for surgical vs. nonsurgical
      dental procedures.
16. Develop a written chemical management plan, that includes methods of labeling and Safety
      Data Sheets (SDSs).
17. Develop a medical waste management plan.

Topics and Scope
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I. Overview of Roles & Responsibilities of Agencies                                             
     A. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
    B. Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDCP)
    C. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    D. Office Safety & Asepsis Procedures Research (OSAP)
    E. Dental Board of California (DBC)
    F. Recommendations and Regulations
II. Rationale for Infection Control in Dentistry                              
    A. Stages in Disease Development
    B. Sources of Microorganisms
    C. Stages of an Infectious Disease
    D. The Asymptomatic Carrier
    E. Spread of Microbes to Another Person
         1. Direct contact
         2. Indirect contact
         3. Droplet/aerosol
    F. Standard Precautions
    G. Personal Protective Equipment
III. Microorganisms, Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases                  
     A. Microorganisms - Bacteria, Virus, Fungus
    B. Methods of Transmission
    C. Bloodborne Pathogens
         1. Hepatitis B, C, D
         2. HIV
    D. Risk Assessment
    E. Prevention - Immunization
IV. Personal Protection in Dentistry                                          
    A. Employer Responsibilities
    B. Protective Equipment / Types / Advantages & Disadvantages / Cost
    C. Hand Hygiene
V. Treatment Room Preparation                                          
    A. Classification of Surfaces
    B. Pre and Post Procedure Protocols
    C. Disinfecting Agents
    D. Barriers
    E. Aseptic Technique      
VI. Instrument Recirculation/Sterilization                                                                                 
     A. Requirements of Disinfection vs. Sterilization
    B. Rationale and procedures for pre-cleaning
     C. Packaging and sterilization monitoring
    D. Compare and contrast various types of heat sterilizers.
    E. Identify the types of monitoring for sterilizers
VII. OSHA Exposure Control Plan
    A. Requirements
    B. Written Program
    C. Chemical Inventory/containment/labeling/disposal
    D. Employee Training
    E. Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
    F. Hazard Prevention
    G. Sharps Management
VIII. Waste Management
    A. Medical Waste
    B. Hazardous Waste
    C. Toxic Waste
    D. Regulations for handling / labeling/ disposal
IX. Dental Unit Waterline Contamination                                           
      A. The issues pertaining to waterline contamination
     B. Biofilm Formation / Components
     C. Potential Dangers / Patients / Employees
     D. Treatments Advantages & Disadvantages
         1. Self-contained water system
         2. Micro-filters
         3. Air purge systems
         4. Chemicals
    E. Board of Dentistry / CDCP Recommendations
X. Ergonomics                                                      
    A. Ergonomic Hazards
         1. Musculoskeletal & Nerve Disorders
         2. Cumulative Trauma Disorders (Repetitive Injuries)
         3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Nerve Impairments)
    B.  Contributing Risk Factors & Prevention
         1. Body Positions / Balance
         2. Mechanical Stress Force/Vibration
         3. Posture in the dental environment
    C.  Design & Utilization
         1. Instruments
         2. Equipment
    D.  OSHA Ergonomic Standard

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1. Reading assignments, not graded (10- 30 pages per week)
2. Quizzes (4-6)
3. Readiness Assessment Evaluations (4-7)
4. Exams (Midterm and Final)
5. Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Research and Analysis
6. Safety Coordinator Research and Presentation

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
50 - 60%
Written Safety Data Sheets, Inclusive of Research and Analysis; Safety Coordinator, Research and Presentation; Readiness Assessment Evaluations
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 50%
Quizzes, midterm, and final examination
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Modern Dental Assisting. 12th ed. Bird, Doni and Robinson, Debbie. Elsevier. 2018                              
Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team. 6th ed. Miller, Chris. Elsevier. 2018
Instructor prepared materials

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