S.C. Code Regs. 39-10 - Sanitary Standards

A. All dental offices and dental laboratories shall provide and maintain sanitary facilities and conditions in accordance with the following regulations:
1. All dental practices shall conform to and comply with the current recommendations and guidelines of the CDC relating to infection control practices for dentistry and/or dental offices.
2. It is the responsibility of all dentists and dental hygienists licensed by the State and all other personnel who are utilized by a licensed dentist and who assist in a dental practice and may be exposed to body fluids such as blood or saliva to maintain familiarity with these recommendations and guidelines.
3. Premises:
a. The premises shall be kept neat and clean, and free of accumulated rubbish and substances of a similar nature which create a public health nuisance.
b. The premises shall be kept free of all insects and vermin. Proper methods for their eradication or control should be utilized.
c. Water of a safe, sanitary quality, from a source approved by the health officer, shall be piped under pressure and in an approved manner, to all equipment and fixtures where the use of water is required.
d. All plumbing shall be in accordance with the local plumbing ordinances.
4. Housekeeping:
a. Comfortable and sanitary conditions for patients and employees shall be maintained constantly.
b. All liquid and human waste, including floor wash water, shall be disposed of through trapped drains into a public sanitary sewer system in localities where such system is available. In localities where a public sanitary system is not available, liquid and human waste shall be disposed of through trapped drains in a manner approved by a health officer.
5. Toilet Facilities:
a. There shall be adequate toilet facilities on the premises of every dental office. They shall conform to the standards the State Board of Health.
6. Sterilization:
a. All instruments or equipment used in the treatment of dental patients shall be sterilized in compliance with the current recommendations of the CDC.
b. Each facility shall ensure compliance by all personnel with existing federal and state infection control procedures.


S.C. Code Regs. 39-10
Amended by State Register Volume 40, Issue No. 05, eff. 5/27/2016; State Register Volume 44, Issue No. 06, eff. 6/26/2020.

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