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PDFWAC 246-817-645

Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.

(1) A licensed dentist shall post signs in a place visible to individuals receiving services in the premises with instructions to patients with symptoms of respiratory infection to:
(a) Cover their mouth/nose when coughing or sneezing;
(b) Use and dispose of tissues;
(c) Perform hand hygiene after hands have been in contact with respiratory secretions.
(2) A licensed dentist shall provide tissues and no-touch receptacles for disposal of tissues in the dental office.
(3) A licensed dentist shall offer masks to coughing patients and accompanying individuals in the dental office.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.32.002 and 18.32.0365. WSR 21-01-214, ยง 246-817-645, filed 12/23/20, effective 1/23/21.]
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