A state-required infection control course for dentistry will be offered June 1 from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Charlotte Westin Hotel in Charlotte, NC. The course, which is cosponsored by the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology and the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures, provides a way for dental professionals in North Carolina to comply with state law. 

The course meets the requirements of the North Carolina Administrative Code 10A NCAC 41A.0206 Infection Control in Health Care Settings rule, which requires that all health care facilities designate a staff member to direct infection control activities, and that the designated person complete a state-approved course addressing seven specific areas. Annual OSHA updates do not fulfill the requirements of this state law.

The course will cover the following required topics: epidemiologic principles of infectious diseases; principles and practice of asepsis; sterilization, disinfection, and sanitation; universal blood and body fluid precautions; engineering controls to reduce the risk of sharps injuries; disposal of sharps; and techniques that reduce the risk of sharps injuries to health care workers. The program offers 7 hours of CE credit.

For more information, visit www.osap.org.