Labour Standards and Occupational Health and Safety are the bodies that govern the Saskatchewan workplace. Employers and employees should be familiar with their policies. The dentist /employer generally has control over the conditions of work and therefore hold responsibility for health and safety in the workplace.
Occupational Health & Safety & Employers Responsibility
It is the responsibility of the dentist/employer to provide effective personal protective equipment, in accordance with universal precautions, including:
- Proper sized patient gloves
- Protective eye goggles or glasses
- Face shields in cases of blood splatters
- Protective clothing
- Clean up utility gloves
The office uniform and dress code must be fully understood prior to employment. Any employee who is required to wear a uniform must be provided one at no cost. An employer cannot deduct any costs for uniforms from the employee; however, they can require a reasonable damage deposit when a uniform is supplied. Uniforms are not considered additional benefits.
As well, if an employee has a latex allergy the employer must provide non-latex gloves, offer alternative work duties that do not involve contact with latex products, and/or develop a latex safe work environment.