Internet Explorer and Edge browser users:
To download Word, Excel or PowerPoint files please right-click on the file you wish to download, and select 'Save target as...'

Common-sense solution for Hep B vaccinations for dental nurses

19 December 2017

The BDA is pleased to see a common-sense solution to the issue of dental nurses and chairside working, in the face of the shortage of Hep B vaccinations. This follows calls from the BDA and others, for a more practical solution, to ensure dental staff are able to work safely.

We amended our advice on Hep B at the end of August 2017, when we took advice from the defence organisations whose view was that nurses – who had not completed the course of the vaccination – should not work chairside.

This would have affected most practices who employed trainee nurses, as these were the most likely to have not completed the vaccination's full course.

However, following our calls for a more practical way to overcome this issue to ensure employees could continue to work safely, Public Health England have new issued new advice to say that dentists and nurses should come to an agreement for the nurse to work chairside, subject to a number of safeguards being put in place.


BDA advisory services

Our advisory services team offers advice to BDA members on a huge range of issues, such as employment law, health and safety, the NHS, business support and regulatory inspections. We also provide employment representation, an associate contract-checking service, mediation services, tribunal support and consultancy services: join us.