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Researchers call for a better protective eye safety standard

from Dentistry Today

Eye safety is essential to dentistry. But the combination of most eyewear and dental masks does not fully protect the provider against projectile debris and spray. For instance, the space between the lower rim of the eyewear and the top edge of the dental mask exposes the provider’s eyes to potential risks. Now, two researchers are proposing an amendment to OSHA Standard 1910.133(a)(1) to eliminate this bottom gap. "Research shows that approximately 48 percent of all dental providers suffer some sort of ocular trauma during their careers," said Peter Arsenault, DMD, head of the operative division and associate clinical professor in the department of prosthodontics and operative dentistry at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. more

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