Every dentist in the Joondalup area and across Australia is responsible under National law for protecting patients from infection. We take this very seriously at 1300 GREAT SMILE. Whist delivering our dental services we always strive to meet and exceed all National regulations concerning the prevention of infections.
Here is a general summary of what we are required to do to maintain your safety every time you walk through our door.
A Copy of All Infection Control Regulations
Every dentist in Joondalup or across Australia is required to have access to either a hard copy or a digital copy of a manual containing the required infection control procedures and protocols. In addition, they are required to have a copy of the Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 4815 [current edition]. All dentists in Australia work under AS/NZS 4815 unless they work under AS/NZS 4817 [current edition].
They are also required to have a copy of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) publication: Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare.
In addition, they are required to have a copy of Guidelines for Infection Control, published by the Australian Dental Association (ADA).
All dental practitioners and students are responsible for four behaviours:
- Keep the dental office or premises in a state of hygiene and cleanliness.
- Ensure that every step is taken with each patient to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
- Always follow the protocols and guidelines in the required documents listed above.
- Make sure that the practitioner is aware of any blood-borne virus he or she may have may and don’t perform any procedure that would put a client at risk of exposure.
All practitioners are required to sign a declaration stating that they are aware of their blood-borne virus status and they will comply with Government regulations concerning workers infected with blood-borne viruses.