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NYS Passes New Law Concerning Employer Standards for Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure

Governor Cuomo has signed into law A.2681-B (Reyes) / S.1034-B (Gianaris) as Chapter 105 of the Laws of 2021.  

The bill demands that the New York State Department of Labor, in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health, create New York’s own workplace standards for all employers on preventing occupational exposure to an airborne infectious disease. 

While the law does apply to dental offices, Senator Gianaris has publicly stated to NYSDA that dental offices already follow high airborne infection control standards and the law is unlikely to affect them much.  He said it was aimed at those employers who do not do enough to protect their workplaces and employees.  Nevertheless, it will bear watching what the Department of Labor and Department of Health come up with. 

The law itself does not set any standards – it just requires that the two agencies create standards for all employers.  Normally, this work would be deferred to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), but OSHA never did anything other than guidelines that lacked any force of law on this subject, so New York picked up the slack.  However, New York is unlikely to depart much from whatever OSHA or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines exist currently. 

NYSDA will be seeking input if health care employers and/or dental settings come up during the development of the new workplace standards.

Below is the video of our GKAS Event in May
at the Bayview Ave. School in Freeport

  • GKAS 2022 at the Bayview Ave. School Video Our 2022 GKAS event was held at the Bayview Ave. School of Arts & Science in Freeport, NY. This was our first "in-school" event in the 19 year history of our program as well as the first time we did a combined indoor and outdoor event. The 550 students there received free dental exams, fluoride treatments, sealants, oral hygiene instructions and nutrition education by our 100 volunteers. The Lion’s Club of Long Beach also provided free eye exams. We thank our wonderful Volunteers as well as Dr. Mary Garguilo, Principal of the Bayview Ave. School, Mr. Stanley Bergman, CEO of Henry Schein, Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, Northwell Health, the New York State Dental Foundation, Sports Depot, The Long Beach Lion's Club, Fidelis Care, Liberty Dental, and Vivo Entertainment for their help in making this day possible as well as Michael Krien of Patkin Photography for putting together this wonderful video.


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