in 1984 and formally incorporated as a non-profit organization in
is a unique group of dental practitioners, allied healthcare workers,
industry representatives, and other interested persons with a
collective mission to promote infection control and related
science-based health and safety policies and practices.
supports this commitment to the dental workers and the public through
quality education and information dissemination.
"If saliva were red"
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Named for Dr. James Crawford's landmark 1970s study
that confirmed the presence of contamination in the dental operatory,
the OSAP-produced video training system "If Saliva Were Red" features
an 8-minute video that uses real dental professionals to highlight:
common infection control and safety flaws, the cross-contamination
dental workers would see if saliva were red, and how controlling
contamination by using personal barrier protection, safe work
practices, and effective infection control products, reduces the risk
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