We’ve already covered, here at GCASL, the importance of using clean, regulated and regularly maintained air compressors in the dental industry. In some instances it’s a legal obligation, and in others it’s paramount to ensuring the most effective and safe possible running of your practice.
We talked at length in our last blog post about the importance of specifically using oil-free air compressors in the dental industry, but this latest post looks at recent British Dental Association (BDA) guidelines on the how they best recommend dental practises reduce the risk of contamination, improve the lifespan of air compression equipment, and maintain clean and dry air that’s fit for dental usage and meets all NHS guidelines.
Bacterial & Dust Filters Installed; Regular Safety Examinations
One particular measure that the BDA recommend for minimising contamination risk is the installation of a variety of filters in your practice’s air compression units. A dryer and dust filter should be installed on all dental air systems, designed to remove small dust particles from the air as well as reduce water build-up which could harvest micro-organism that cause infection.
Bacterial filters are also a necessity, say the BDA, in stopping spores and infectious matter from travelling in the air and coming into contact with a patient. This needs to work alongside an effective air drying process, as micro-organisms can penetrate a bacterial filter if the filter becomes wet.
From a safety point of view, all dental air compressors (above 250 bar-litres) should be tested at least once every 26 months, according to the BDA and the HSE’s dental guidelines.
Regular Maintenance For All Dental Compressors Is Essential
The UK’s Health & Safety Executive recommends regular examinations for compressed air units in dental surgeries and hospitals from a safety point of you – as outlined earlier in this article. However, while some units may be exempt from the HSEs standards, the BDA still recommends that all compressed air units should be tested and maintained regularly – this is essential to ensuring that the units operate properly, do not contaminate the air through overheating, oil contamination or other failings, and work effectively.
Both the BDA and the HSE recommend that competent and qualified individuals carry out all safety checking and maintenance work, and that’s a service we can guarantee here at GCASL.
If you’re investing in new air compression equipment, need filters installing or simply require regular assessments and maintenance work to ensure that your dental air compressors meet HTM20-22 and HTM01-05 standards, then our services here at GCASL can help.
Serving across Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bristol and elsewhere in the UK, we can provide everything from supplying new equipment and installations to regular maintenance, sterilisation and decontamination.