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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin December 2011
23 DECEMBER 20 11 WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE DENTAL PROFESSION -- what's happening? Question: How does a dental practitioner comply with the new Work Health and Safety legislation and meet their legal and moral obligations in an efficient and time- effective manner? Up to now, this has been a challenge for the profession. Some practices invest heavily in practice safety, in both time and financial resources. Others barely give it a glance. Acknowledging the legal complexities, the time-poor nature of most practitioners and a genuine willingness of most dentists to 'do the right thing', ADA Inc., through the national HR Advisory Service, have developed a comprehensive three-part, national Work Health and Safety (WHS) program, designed specifically for dental practice. This program provides a guide to implementing OHS/WHS into your dental practice. There are three distinct, but complementary resources in the ADA WHS Program: WHS POLICY MANUAL This document provides you with all the necessary WHS policies that you will need to ensure your practice has a compliant WHS Policy Manual. It is a template document designed to assist you and save you time. You will need to review this document and make any necessary amendments to ensure that it meets your specific practice requirements. human resources WHS SUPPORT RESOURCES This document provides you with all the necessary additional support resources -- that complement the formal policies, such as WHS forms, correspondence, checklists, explanations, etc. Like the WHS Policy Manual, you won't necessarily need every support resource provided. However, as template support resources, you select which ones are necessary for your practice and then you will need to amend them so as to ensure that it meets your specific practice requirements. WHS PRACTICE IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE This Guide represents the third component of the three-part ADA WHS Program. It is designed to provide you with an overview of the implementation steps to actually get WHS up and running in your practice. It complements the more detailed policies, procedures, forms and templates found in the WHS Policy Manual and WHS Support Resources, and takes you through, step-by-step, the implementation of WHS in your practice. This new membership resource will be available for members early in 2012 and will be fully supported by the ADA HR Advisory Service. WHS need not be burden for the dental profession. When properly, systematically and sensibly applied, it represents a positive and important initiative for the dental practice and profession, and will become an integral part of dental business operation and planning.
ADA News Bulletin November 2011
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