Health and safety in the dental workplace

There is a misconception that dentistry is a relatively safe profession. However, in a study conducted in the United States, dentists and dental hygienists were identified as having an "occupation that adversely affects health." The study highlighted exposure to radiation, exposure to disease and infections, and time spent working in a sitting position as the most prominent negative health effects of the oral health profession. The awareness of these occupational risks and how to manage them remains low.

Oral health professionals face challenges in the workplace

The 2015 Dentist Well-Being Survey Report revealed that most dentists (67%) say they have a moderate level of stress at work. Stress in the dental practice can arise from several factors, including heavy workloads, running late, and treating anxious patients. The workplace has an impact on mental health and well-being, and dental clinics are no exception. Improved office design can help reduce practitioner stress and improve well-being. 
The Health and Safety in the Dental Workplace project, launched in 2019, seeks to respond to these challenges with practical tools and a global communication campaign to help improve health and safety for the oral healthcare team at work.

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Health and Safety in the workplace

Goal 1

Increase global awareness of health and safety in the dental workplace to a defined target audience

Goal 2

To publish guidelines for oral health clinicians and staff on maintaining a safe and healthy working environment and encouraging optimal teamwork

Ergonomics and posture

Phase 1 highlights the importance of ergonomics in the dental workplace, providing oral health professionals with guidance on how to strike a balance between maintaining a good posture and providing efficient treatment.

Check out our guidelines and videos!

RESOURCES

  • Ergonomics and posture guidelines
    Ergonomics and posture guidelines for oral health professionals
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    These guidelines highlight the importance of ergonomics in the dental workplace. They provide oral health professionals with guidance on how to strike a balance between maintaining a good posture and providing efficient treatment.

  • Ergo & Posture
    Ergonomie et posture recommandations aux professionnels
    Brochure

    L’IEA (International Ergonomics Association) d finit l’ergonomie (ou les facteurs humains) comme la discipline scientifique qui s’int resse aux interactions entre les humains et...

  • HSDW
    04/28/2021
    FDI’s Health & Safety in the Dental Workplace project publishes new guidelines on proper ergonomics and posture

Health and Safety Task Team

Health and Safety Task Team provides guidance, scientific expertise and content to develop the project deliverables of the Health and Safety in the Dental Workplace (HSDW) project, which seeks to help improve health and safety for the oral healthcare team at work with practical tools and a global communication campaign.

Dr Duygu Ilhan
Turkey
Mr Tim Caruso
United States
Dr Masashi Ishida
Japan
Dr Jean-Michel Laffont
France

Mental health and wellbeing

The aim of this second phase is to provide National Dental Associations (NDAs) with appropriate tools to help them improve mental health and well-being services for oral health professionals in their country. 

Secondly, this phase will also provide oral health professionals with information and tools to manage mental health problems for all employees in the dental practice, including themselves. 

Mental Health Task Team

Roz McMullan
United Kingdom
Tim Newton
United Kingdom
Robert Utsman
Costa Rica

coming soon

The Health and Safety in the Dental Workplace project is supported by :

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