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Infection Prevention and Control

The College is currently working with Public Health Ontario, members of the profession, and the provincial Associations to examine and update the current College Infection Control Guidelines. Because these current guidelines are very limited in their scope and only refer to Instrument Cleaning and Sterilization, a more comprehensive set of guidelines is being developed in conjunction with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario and will be available within the coming months. In the meantime, Public Health Ontario has provided the College with a list of resources for denturists that address some specific aspects of infection prevention and control.

Practice Advisory: Medical Devices and Health Canada Licensure, September 2019

Best Practices for Hand Hygiene in All Health Care Settings, 4th edition April 2014   

Routine Practices and Additional Precautions In All Health Care Settings, 3rd edition August 2009,  Second Revision: July 2011 Third Revision: November 2012 

Infection Prevention and Control for Clinical Office Practice,  June 2013 1st revision: April 2015  

Best Practices for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Medical Equipment/Devices In All Health Care Settings, 3rd edition  May 2013 

Best Practices for Environmental Cleaning for Prevention and Control of Infections In All Health Care Settings - 3rd edition  December 2009 Revised: April 2018  
On-Line Learning

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Core Competencies

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Core Competencies are basic skills and knowledge all Ontario health care workers need to understand about IPAC. The Core Competencies help protect workers, their patients, and co-workers from infections; regardless of their role, position, education, and experience.  This interactive course has six modules. The first five modules focus on Routine Practices and the sixth module addresses Additional Precautions. (Occupational Health and Safety; Chain of Transmission and Risk Assessment; Health Care Provider Controls; Control of the Environment; Administrative Control and Additional Precautions) 

Reprocessing in Community Health Care Settings

Following best practices in cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of reusable medical equipment/devices helps prevent the transmission of infection to health care providers and clients/patients. It is essential for anyone responsible for reprocessing in community health care settings to be aware of the consequences of inadequate reprocessing practices. Community health care settings include clinics, clinical office practice settings, family health teams, and community health care centres.


The FAQs can be found the on the Prevention of IPAC Lapses webpage. Topics of interest for denturists would include: 
  • Reprocessing in Community Health Care Settings
IPAC checklists for dental practice settings

These checklists were developed to assist public health units and others during IPAC lapse investigations and can be used to conduct self-assessments of IPAC programs in dental practice settings.  These documents will have some information that is not applicable to the denturists, and will be missing some information that denturists may want specific to the lab and fabrication of dentures. 

Updated July 2019:
•  IPAC Core Elements in Dental Practice Settings
•  Reprocessing in Dental Practice Settings
Other Website Resources

Considerations when purchasing a tabletop steam sterilizer

Sterilization monitoring log for tabletop steam sterilizers

High-level disinfection log

Field Support:  Regional IPAC Offices  This link will take you to a list of Regional IPAC Offices – find one in your area.  The staff of the Regional Teams are available to respond to IPAC questions. 

General Inquiries:    Use this email address as another way to reach the IPAC specialists at PHO and to provide feedback on any of the products (e.g., checklists, documents) produced by PHO.

Please feel free to contact the College if you have any questions regarding Infection Prevention and Control. If we do not have the information readily available, we will be happy to liaise with Public Health Ontario to get the information you require.