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Dental Services: Protective Clothing

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 25th June 2020.

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Photo of Nicholas Fletcher Nicholas Fletcher Conservative, Don Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the level of risk of dentists using FFP2 masks instead of FFP3 masks when carrying out dental work; and what discussions he plans to have with representatives from insurance providers to ensure that dental practices using FFP2 masks are insured.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

A risk assessment specifically relating to dentists using FFP2 instead of FFP3 respirators has not been made.

Government guidance for dentists states that FFP3 respirators are advised for all aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) to prevent inhalation of aerosols. Some dental work is classed as AGPs. The Health and Safety Executive carried out a rapid review of the evidence of the effectiveness of FFP3, FFP2 and N95 masks earlier this year. The review stated that FFP2 and N95 respirators offer protection against COVID-19 and so may be used if FFP3 respirators are not available. Further information is available at the following link:

https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/face-mask-equivalence-aprons-gowns-eye-protection-coronavirus.htm

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