Sterilising Policy

For the safety of our patients, visitors and team this practice follows the latest guidelines and research on infection prevention. We comply with the ‘essential quality requirements and “best practice’ from the Department of Health. We take Universal Precautions for all patients to minimise all of the known and unknown risks of cross infection.

We follow the latest decontamination guidelines from the Department of Health for new and used instruments. Stored instruments are protected against re-contamination. The treatment rooms and all equipment are decontaminated appropriately between patients and at the end of every clinical session.
Defects found during the cleaning of equipment are immediately reported to the Decontamination Lead.
This practice meets the Essential Quality Requirements and Best Practice Requirements of the Depart-ment of Health Guidelines on infection prevention and control HTM 01-05.

Staff involved in decontamination and clinical work have evidence of current immunisation for Hepatitis B, TB,etc

Items sent to the laboratory and equipment sent for repair All items dispatched to the laboratory are washed and disinfected after removal from the mouth and items received from the laboratory are washed and disinfected prior to fitting. Equipment is decontaminated before being sent for repair.

Whenever possible, we utilise single-use instruments, which are always disposed of after use on a patient.

Inoculation injury
To minimize the risk of blood borne viruses all staff are trained in avoidance and management of an inoculation injury.  Staff at risk of blood-borne virus exposure have an occupational health examination.

Legionella control
The practice takes all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure of staff, patients and visitors to legionella in accordance with existing guidance. The practice carries out regular legionella risk assessment, water tests and audits. Flushing of hot and cold water outlets is routinely undertaken by the practice.

Personal hygiene
All staff maintain a high standard of personal hygiene including hand hygiene and follow techniques outlined in our staff manual, restricted wearing of jewellery, and clean clinical clothing.

Personal Protective Equipment
All team members wear personal protective equipment.  These include masks, gloves, protective eyewear, clinical attire and suitable shoes.

Clinical staff are trained in how to manage an accidental spillage of a hazardous substance and how to follow our emergency arrangements.

Waste is carefully handled and disposed of by appropriate carriers according to current regulations.

Water quality
Dental unit waterlines undergo disinfection, flushing and maintenance to minimise the risk of bio- contamination. Practice water is inspected and tested as necessary to maintain water quality.

Each member of the team undergoes regular training and review and has a responsibility to ensure a safe working environment for all. Training includes the principles of infection prevention, the use of decontamination equipment and materials, the daily inspection and testing of equipment and the maintenance of records.