OSHA guidelines for transporting dirty instruments
Bloodborne Pathogens are creating quite a stir in the dental world these days. Many practices are realizing they need stronger protocols on how to contain and transport their instruments and materials; both to keep their patients protected from cross-contamination and themselves. Many practices are being proactive and utilizing a dental instrument cassette to streamline their procedure performance and to be more in line with the regulatory side of dental.
(To avoid spillage of contents, it is suggested that they be covered and secured prior to moving.) Contaminated reusable sharps shall not be stored or processed in a manner that requires employees to reach by hand into the containers where these sharps have been placed. (For example, do not dump contaminated reusable sharps in a sink of soapy water and then retrieve the devices from the sink by hand. Use a strainer basket to hold the immersed instruments, and forceps for their retrieval from the basket.).
CDC guidelines for transporting dirty instruments. Dirty Instruments must be “contained” prior to transporting them. Containment can be defined as instrument cassettes or cages in which dental care items are cleaned, sterilized, and stored until point of use. Sharp instruments should not be carried openly to the instrument-processing area. Percutaneous injuries may occur to other dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) or patients in hallways leading to the instrument-processing area.