As of July, 2021, provinces across Canada have moved into phase 3 of reopening and lefting of restrictions. Dental offices are continuing to provide the required PPE and you've noticed that the PPE checklist appears when a temping shift is posted on TempStars and include PPE for non-AGP or AGP procedures. It confirms that the office has them available and Infection Control protocols are in place and meet or exceed the provincial guidelines.
Dental assistants are regulated under the dental colleges, so the PPE and infection control protocols for dental assistant temping shifts must meet or exceed that provinces dental regulatory guidelines for temping shifts for dental assistants.
We do know, for example, that in Ontario some dental offices are restricting their dental hygiene departments to Non-Aerosol Generating Procedures, eliminating the need for N95 masks, which can be hard to find. By not having any aerosol generating procedures done in the hygiene department, it makes it easier to follow the hygiene college regulatory guidelines, while still providing much-needed dental hygiene care.
Dental offices, when accepting an offer from a hygienist or assistant to work a temping shift, must also acknowledge and agree that if a hygienist or assistant arrives at a temping shift to find the PPE or Infection Control protocols of that office do not meet provincial guidelines and must leave as a result, the office is obligated to compensate the hygienist/assistant for the entire shift.