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Safety and Risk Management Consultation: Registered Heath Professionals

This consultation page is intended for registered health professionals in a field other than dental hygiene to provide feedback.

To see the list of currently open consultations, return to the main Standards of Practice Consultation Page.

This feedback form will be open until 9 am on Tuesday, August 16. Feedback will be used to shape and revise the draft Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

Privacy and Reporting

All questions below are optional. Any feedback entered in the form will remain anonymous unless you choose to provide identifying information. Responses will be reported to the College using an aggregate form. Any e-mail addresses collected for the purpose of future notifications will be separated from reporting of the consultation feedback.

Feedback may not be considered for review if it:

  • is unrelated to the Standard or Principle under consultation;
  • contains identifying information that may identify a third party;
  • is abusive, obscene, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate.

To help us gauge the breadth of diversity of those responding, the feedback form includes optional questions about professional practice context and demographics.

Tips for Providing Feedback

  • Use an up-to-date web browser.
  • Before you begin providing feedback, review the Standard of Practice and take note of any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.
  • Be specific and provide as much detail and context to your feedback as possible. There are no word limits on the response boxes. 
  • If you begin the feedback form and are unable to complete it in the same session, your responses will not be saved.
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Safety and Risk Management Draft Standard of Practice

Click to view the Safety and Risk Management draft Standard of Practice in PDF form.

Standard Statement

The dental hygienist protects themselves, their clients, and others from illness and injury by ensuring a safe practice environment and complying with occupational health, safety and risk management legislation.

Performance Expectations

The dental hygienist must…

1. Comply with Occupational Health and Safety legislation.
2. Comply with applicable federal and provincial radiation protection legislation and codes, including Safety Code 30.
3. Only use medical equipment and devices:
  a) that are compliant with legislation;
  b) that are approved for use by Health Canada; and
  c) according to manufacturer’s instructions for use (MIFU).
4. Apply infection prevention and control measures to prevent the transmission of infectious agents in compliance with legislation, standards, ethical principles, and guidelines including:
  a) Alberta Reusable & Single-Use Medical Devices Standards;
  b) Council-approved infection prevention and control guidelines.
5. Participate in a safe practice environment by:
  a) Determining and taking reasonable steps to ensure workplace policies and procedures reflect applicable legislation, standards, ethical principles and guidelines;
  b) Following workplace policies and procedures to protect clients, themselves, and others from illness and injury. These policies and protocols include but are not limited to:
      i. Following manufacturer’s recommended service schedules and maintaining detailed service records;
      ii. Handling and storing drugs and hazardous products safely;
      iii. Disposing of drugs, biomedical and other hazardous wastes safely;
      iv. Safe disposal of equipment and supplies;
      v. Ensuring that emergency medical equipment, supplies, and drugs are appropriate to the practice setting, readily accessible and appropriately stored and/or maintained in accordance with manufacturer instructions;
      vi. Following appropriate emergency protocols.
6. Recognize, respond to, document, and disclose adverse events and close calls, and participate in processes to prevent future occurrences.
7. Acquire the necessary education and training to competently apply appropriate emergency response skills that meet or exceed any minimum requirements (e.g., CPR, oxygen administration, first aid).
8. Identify and mitigate potential risks that may impact safety in the workplace (e.g., working alone, environmental hazards, biological hazards, safety and function of equipment).
9. Be aware of their personal immunization status and how it could impact risk related to the transmission of infection.

Client Expectation

The client can expect the dental hygienist to deliver services safely, follow appropriate infection prevention and control measures, and respond appropriately to any event that could result in harm or has caused harm.


Adverse event: An unexpected event related to healthcare management or delivery that a client directly experiences and that results in no harm, harm or death (Health Quality Council of Alberta HQCA)

Close Call: An event or series of events that nearly resulted in a client being harmed but harm was avoided. (HQCA)

Harm: An unexpected outcome related to the care and/or services provided to the patient that negatively affects a patient’s health and/or quality of life. (HQCA)

Legislation : Statutes, acts, regulations or codes

Workplace: the location where a dental hygienist provides dental hygiene services, whether self-employed, an employee, contractor, consultant or volunteer.

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