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Preparing to Return to Practice Resources

The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario released updated guidelines for returning to practice, May 27, 2020.

The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO), the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO), The College of Denturists of Ontario (CDO), and the College of Dental Technologists of Ontario (CDTO) have released ‘return to practice principles’ which provides an agreed upon foundation for the development or refinement of each College’s IPAC guideline as oral health-care providers plan and prepare for a safe return to practice.

Advisory Alerts

The following table lists recent recalls and safety alerts issued by Health Canada.

Date Category Issue
12/22/2020 PPE Maskopia (formerly known as Medkem Canada Inc.) has been selling PPE, including gowns, masks and gloves, via social media and websites such as Kijiji without the required Medical Device Establishment Licence (MDEL) from Health Canada.
12/16/2020 COVID-19 vaccines Health Canada warns Canadians not to buy COVID-19 vaccines sold online or from unauthorized sources.  Health Canada is warning Canadians not to buy COVID-19 vaccines sold on the internet or from unauthorized sources as they are counterfeit. Counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines may pose serious health risks, and are ineffective at protecting an individual from the COVID-19 virus.
12/11/2020 Hand sanitizers Certain hand sanitizers are being recalled because they either contain ingredients that are not permitted by Health Canada or are not properly labelled and are missing important information.
10/28/2020 Hand sanitizers All Daily Shield hand sanitizers is being recalled due to the presence of methanol which may cause serious health issues.  Read article here.
10/27/2020 Hand sanitizers Snake Lake Brewing Company Ethanol Sanitizer 80%. Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol.
10/01/2020 Hand sanitizers Northern National Sales Inc. is recalling a counterfeit version of Zytec Germ Buster hand sanitizer 1L.
08/05/2020 Hand sanitizers Health Canada recalling more than 50 hand sanitizers in evolving list.  Read article here.
07/03/2020 Hand sanitizers Hand sanitizers made with industrial-grade ethanol not authorized for use in Canada being recalled from the market.
06/24/2020 Hand sanitizers Hand sanitizers made with technical-grade ethanol not compliant with federal regulations and may pose a risk to health.
06/10/2020 Hand sanitizers Hand sanitizers sold in beverage containers may be mistaken for water or other beverages.
06/09/2020 Respirators Certain respirators, including KN95 respirators, may not meet expected performance standards in Canada.

**Coronavirus: Health Canada issues warning over counterfeit N95 respirators


Workplace Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supplier Directory

The Ontario government’s Workplace PPE Supplier Directory and the Federal government’s Supply Hub provides reliable information on how to buy and sell PPE and offers a current list of Ontario companies that are ready to supply personal protective equipment.  Dental hygienists might find this a valuable resource if they are trying to access PPE outside their regular supply chain.

Additional PPE Resources

As dental hygienists prepare to return to practice in Ontario, there may be a need to access personal protective equipment (PPE) that is safe, effective and complies with Health Canada safety regulations.  ODHA is providing the following resources for general information purposes only and does not endorse or recommend any of the products or businesses listed below.  These suppliers are offering their products after contacting ODHA directly, or dental hygienists have sent the information to ODHA.  As regulated health professionals, dental hygienists are expected to exercise due diligence with the equipment they use.

  1. Rapid Response Platform – Platform connects suppliers of critical COVID-19 products with businesses and front-line workers in need. The site is free to use and acts as a central supply and demand hub, offering transparent and searchable information about PPE availability. Suppliers may offer products for donation or sale. No transactions take place on the platform.
  2. BriteHive Solutions – Genius Shield™, Aerosol Management System
    Contact: Don Johnston, P: 1.800.850.3112, [email protected]
  3. Canadian Linen and Uniform Service Co – Barrier gown rental laundry service
    Disposable vs rental cost comparison example
    Contact: Rob Eisan, (London), P: 519.686.5000, C: 519.902.4884
  4. Canadian Linen and Uniform Service Co – Barrier gown rental/purchase, face shields
    Contact: Lina Smart, (Hamilton), P: 905.661.6587, C: 289.775.7058
  5. CanGard – Certified N95 masks, face shields, gloves, masks
  6. Cintas– Disinfectant Spray and isolation/barrier gowns for rent
    Contact: Tyler Smith, P:  416.992.4814, [email protected]
  7. CHCare – Masks, face shields, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer
  8. D2DPPE – Gowns, masks, face shields, hand sanitizer
  9. Dialogue Imports – Gowns, masks, face shields
  10. Dorma Filtration – Reusable N99 mask
  11. DYMON Medical – KN95 face masks
    Contact: Vince Ambrico, P: 437 229 4238, [email protected]
  12. EmerDepot – Makrite N95 masks
  13. Fortiva Health  – NIOSH N95 Respirators (Makrite: 910-N95FMX and 9500-N95)
    Contact: Ramin Modir, [email protected] 
  14. Gerry Health Labs – Secure Shield face shield. Click here for more information.
  15. Grainger Canada – Face shields
  16. Gibson’s Cleaners, GTA (west-end) – L2 dental gowns and free pick up/delivery cleaning program specifically designed for dentists and other oral care providers
  17. Henry Schein
  18. Ideal Displays Inc. – Masks, face shields, gloves, hand sanitizer
  19. Ines Di Santo – Level 1 reusable/washable isolation gowns
    Contact: Veronica Di Santo-Abramowicz, P: 905 856 9115, C: 416 451 3865
  20. Laminati PPE – Masks, respirators, face shields, hand sanitizer
  21. Levitt-Safety – Dentec Half-Mask NIOSH N95 Reusable Respirator Kit (referenced by Dr. Glogauer in the Managing COVID-19: Strategies to Mitigate the Risk of Transmission webcast)
  22. Maitri Health – Canadian-made PPE and healthcare supply platform
  23. Marks Commercial – Masks, face shields, hand sanitizer
    P: 1-855-592-7444, email: [email protected]
  24. Maxill – Masks, gloves, hand sanitizer
  25. Med Supply – Masks, gloves, gowns, disinfecting supplies
  26. Medicom – Masks, gowns, disinfecting supplies
  27. Patterson
  28. Polar Face Shields – Reusable/sterilizable face shield
  29. Safe Direct Medical Supplies – Masks, gowns, face shields, hand sanitizer
  30. Sales Dynamics Inc. – 5-in-1 tower air purifier, portable sanitizer, customized hand sanitizer (see promo)
    Contact: Letizia Buglione, P: 416.441.1721 ext 307, C: 647.686.1499, email: [email protected]
  31. Second Barrier – Face shields
  32. Shield Savvy – Face shields
  33. Sinclair – Masks, gowns
  34. SSECare Solutions – Masks, face shields
  35. Sure Grip – Face Shields
  36. The Canadian Shield – Face shields
  37. The Dental Market Canada – Masks, face shields, gloves, hand sanitizer
  38. Whitebird – Face shields, gloves, hand sanitizer
  39. LEO Lab – 3D printed Health Canada approved face shields (see images below).
    P: 1-647-494-0488, Toll Free: 1-855-LEO-LAB1 (536-5221)