Kansas Dental Laboratories – Meeting Safety and Health Standards

Dental laboratories are part of this state’s healthcare system, playing a vital role in the delivery of dental care to patients all across the state of Kansas.  As is the case with many professions, dental laboratories must follow both state and federal regulations regarding health and safety standards that must be met.  It is not uncommon for business owners and/or employees to face the loss of their professional licenses for failure to follow rules and regulations promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  There are countless ways to violate OSHA rules and regulations, and it isn’t always easy to keep track of all rules, especially when rules frequently change.

Common OSHA Violations Dental Laboratories Face

Dental laboratories may be cited by both the state and federal government in a variety of situations including, but certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Violation of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) – Many dental laboratories have received citations for failing to communicate safety hazards regarding any chemicals manufactured in the laboratory.  OSHA requires that material data safety sheets (MSDSs) must be made apparent to employees, and such employees must be instructed on how to properly handle the chemicals.
  • Failure to Have Respiratory Protection for Employees – Dental laboratories may receive a citation for failing to provide required respiratory protection for employees exposed to air pollutants.
  • Failure to Have Personal Protective Equipment – Dental laboratories are required to evaluate the safety needs within the lab that will require employees to wear certain protective equipment.  For example, employees in all dental laboratories should be wearing safety eyewear as flying objects are always a possibility when working with tools and materials.  Failure to provide such protective equipment will result in a violation that could be costly if an employee is ever injured.

Regardless of whether you are a dental laboratory owner, or are an employee, it is important that you are aware of what consequences you may be facing for OSHA violations.  Individual violations are not likely to result in the loss of a Kansas professional license, however, if there are repeated violations with no improvement, or if the situation that resulted in a citation was very hazardous to human safety and health, then it is possible that an individual may face the loss of his or her professional license.  As such, no matter how serious the matter may be, speaking with an attorney about your situation is essential to understanding what your rights and obligations are.  With the help of an attorney, you will not be in the dark, and you will have someone working hard to help you keep your Kansas professional license.

Contact Danielle Sanger of the Sanger Law Office Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

Even the simplest safety violation has the potential to put your professional license at risk.  If you are facing disciplinary action and/or you believe your license may be at risk, it is important that you speak with a skilled Kansas Professional License Defense Attorney as soon as possible.  Seeking the help of an attorney is not an admission that you have committed any wrongdoing.  Regardless of how meritless an accusation or citation may be, having a strong advocate by your side is essential to keeping your Kansas professional license.  Kansas Professional License Defense Attorney Danielle Sanger of the Sanger Law Office devotes her law practice to helping Kansas professionals keep their licenses.  As a former Assistant Attorney General of Kansas, Danielle Sanger has a true understanding of what it takes to successfully fight for your professional license.  If you would like to speak with Danielle Sanger about your situation, contact the Sanger Law Office today by calling (785) 979-4353 to schedule your free consultation.