Dental practices in Ontario have begun to prepare for their reopening. In keeping our members up to date, we have received new information from the RCDSO regarding guidelines for Phase 2 of re-opening dental practices. Updates to our PPE article have been completed and includes information based on these new guidelines provided by the college.
These guidelines include an important request for dental practices to have an assessment done on their existing HVAC systems, most specifically calculating the air changes per hour (ACH) in their practice. Based on this information, a practice can calculate its fallow time for aerosol generating procedures (AGP). Non- aerosol generating procedure there is a 15 minute fallow wait time as per CDC guidelines.
Once an AGP procedure has been completed, the operatory must be left empty (with the door closed) to permit the clearance and/or settling of aerosols.The length of time that the operatory must be left empty (the fallow time) is determined by the air changes per hour (ACH). The aim is to achieve 99.9% removal of airborne contaminants (see Table 2)
To help our members seek advice from HVAC/Air Quality Professionals, we have provided a list of companies in Ontario for your resources.
HVAC/Air Quality Professionals in Ontario:
- Clear Air Solutions Website
Service across Barrie, Toronto, Kitchener, Windsor, St. Catherine’s, Midland, Parry Sound, and
- Air Quality Canada Website
Service across: GTA
- Air Quality Solutions Website Yvonne at 1-844-247-8378 extension 101
Service across Southern Ontario: ACTON | AJAX | AURORA | BARRIE | BOWMANVILLE | BRAMPTON | BRANTFORD | BURLINGTON | CALEDON | CAMBRIDGE | COBOURG | COLLINGWOOD | FERGUS | FORT ERIE | GEORGETOWN | GRAVENHURST | GUELPH | HALDIMAND | HALTON | HAMILTON | INGERSOLL |KITCHENER | LONDON | MARKHAM | MILTON | MISSISSAUGA | NEWMARKET | NIAGARA FALLS | NIAGARA REGION | NIAGARA ON THE LAKE | OAKVILLE | ORANGEVILLE | ORILLIA | OSHAWA | PETERBOROUGH | PICKERING | RICHMOND HILL | ST. CATHARINES | ST. THOMAS | STRATFORD | TILLSONBURG | TORONTO | VAUGHAN | WASAGA BEACH | WATERLOO | WELLAND |WHITBY | WOODBRIDGE | WOODSTOCK
- The Air Quality Experts Website
Service across Toronto, Mississauga, Kitchener, Niagara, Barrie
- Air Quality Inspections Website
Service across Toronto, Mississauga, Barrie and Collingwood