Q: I am a hygienist and the office which I work only day a week insist that I wear a mask and gown when working on patients, they say it is Osha regulations. I get very hot wearing and a mask and gown and since it bothers me to the point I can’t do my job I feel I have the right to refuse, can I sign something that excludes me from the regulations?
A: YES you can sign a resignation letter and go find another career. I have no idea why the majority of hygienists think they are someone special and that regulations do not apply to them. Let’s get this clear, you are an EMPLOYEE no more and no less and EMPLOYERS must enforce regulations that make their employees safe, also they must enforce the policies & procedures of their office. You failing to wear the proper personal equipment will result in your employer getting a citation by OSHA. Further YOU are in violations of your professional licensing requirements which means you can be cited and your hygienist license can be in jeopardy because you have failed to follow regulatory requirements and protect the patient. Maybe it going to take a few thousand hygienists to be fired or lose their license before word gets around that a hygienist is nobody special and are just employees. It would be a hard lesson but I don’t see any other way the issue is really out of control, what ever happened to the concept of being a team member?