Ask the Editors
Regarding scrubs in the dental office, do they have to be long-sleeved, and do they have to be washed in the office?
Scrubs do not have to be long-sleeved. However, OSHA requires there to be long-sleeved, fluid-resistant protective outerware that covers and protects forearms completely from spatter of bodily fluids during treatment. This protective outerware does not have to be changed after each patient, but should be changed if visibly soiled. Employees may not launder these garments at home. The employer is responsible for laundering or having these garments laundered at a commercial laundry.