Summary

It is essential that all people in a dental practice remain safe whilst they are there, whether they are dental team members or patients.

Decontamination — that is, the safe removal of contaminated material from a person, object or local environment — is crucial to avoid the transmission of infection between people.

The key document in this area for dental practice is Health Technical Memorandum 01-05: Decontamination in Primary Care Dental Practices, known as HTM 01-05. It describes in detail two standards of decontamination — essential and best practice — and what is required for each. It demands that where possible best practice will be operated and that everywhere at least essential practice will be achieved. Where best practice has not been achieved there must be a plan showing how the practice will work towards achieving best practice.

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