Returning to Work

COVID-19 Return to Work Handbook
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The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) has developed the following interim guidance for dental hygienists considering a return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. CDHA’s best practice recommendations are based, first and foremost, on ensuring safety for dental hygienists, their clients, team members, families, and communities. Because the scientific evidence guiding COVID-19 decision making continues to evolve, CDHA’s recommendations are subject to change as we learn more.

In preparing to return to work, dental hygienists should consult with their provincial regulatory body for new infection control recommendations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dental hygienists work in close proximity to clients in the operatory. The potential for airborne virus spread when performing aerosol-generating procedures, such as ultrasonic scaling and air polishing, or when using slow-speed handpieces or air/water syringes is high and increases the risk of infection (Cochrane, May 2020).

Dental hygienists should also review CDHA’s Dental Hygienists’ Code of Ethics, consult evidence-based resources, and exercise professional judgement when preparing to return to work. CDHA has published several resources to offer support and advice during this unprecedented time.

Finally, visit CDHA’s COVID-19 online forum to share your thoughts and ideas on best practices and support your colleagues.

CDHA will continue to provide updates as new research and information become available.

Questions for your employer can be found in the CDHA Return to Work Handbook For Dental Hygienists. Download it today!