The four webinar series will focus on various aspects related to the pandemic in the dental setting including the Respiratory Protection Program, PPE optimization, guidance for assistants, and airborne precautions and ventilation. 

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) will start a four webinar series addressing infection prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinars, which will be presented by Eve Cuny, MS, and Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP, will be available live and on demand. 

Each webinar is 1 CE hour (ADA CERP Credit). Registration is available at

The first webinar, “Respiratory Protection Program,” will take place November 6 at 4:00 pm ET. The session will focus on the different types of respirators and requirements for the development and implementation of a Respiratory Protection Program (RPP). The discussion will include fit testing, medical clearance, training and user fit check. 

The second webinar, “PPE Optimization,” will take place November 20 at 4:00 pm ET. This webinar will offer an overview of the status of the supply chain and CDC optimization strategies. 

The third webinar, “COVID-19 Guidance for Dental Assistants,” will review the current interim infection prevention and control guidance from CDC, OSHA, and several professional organizations. In addition, the webinar will go over the implications for the roles and responsibilities of the dental assistant, as well as strategies and resources for implementing current guidance. This webinar will take place December 11 at 4:00 pm ET. 

The final webinar in the series will take place on January 8 at 4:00 pm ET. Titled “Airborne Precautions and Ventilation,” this webinar will provide an overview of the measures clinical facilities should consider in order to mitigate the risk of transmission of diseases that may be carried in the aerosols created by dental devices such as handpicks and ultrasonic scalers. The presenters, Cuny and Eklund, will discuss air flow, ventilation, and available strategies for improving or enhancing clinical air quality.