senate Bill S7915

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to uncertified dental assistants

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Jun 18, 2014 referred to rules

S7915 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3515, Pub Health L

S7915 - Bill Texts

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Relates to uncertified dental assistants.

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BILL NUMBER:S7915

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
uncertified dental assistants

PURPOSE: Establishes changes to the public health law to require
minimum and mandatory educational testing and credentialing standards
for an uncertified or unlicensed dental assistant who administers
radiologic procedures.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends paragraph (c) of
subdivision 4 of section 3515 of the public health law by removing the
ability of certified and uncertified dental assistants, under the
supervision of a licensed dentist, to operate only such radiographic
dental equipment as may be prescribed by the commissioner in rules and
regulations for the sole purpose of dental radiography and requires
that only licensed dental assistants, under the supervision of a
licensed dentist, may operate only such radiographic dental equipment
as may be prescribed by the commissioner in rules and regulations for
the sole purpose of dental radiography.

Section 2 of the bill establishes the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: The goal of dental radiography is to obtain useful
diagnostic information while keeping patient and operator radiation
exposure to a minimum. Dental professionals must have the proper
education to expose radiographs to ensure both the operator and
patient safety All dental professionals must follow ALARA (As Low As
Reasonably Achievable). The acronym means the dental professional
utilizing radiation will take every reasonable measure to maintain
exposures to ionizing radiation as far below the dose limit as
practical. A dental practitioner who has successfully completed
schooling for licensure comprehends the necessity to take into account
the state of the current technology utilized, the economics of
improvements in relation to the state of technology, and the economics
of improvements in relation to benefits to the public health and
safety. Each of these means are in relation to utilization of
radiation in the public interest (ADA, 2012).

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately upon becoming
law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7915

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 18, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. O'BRIEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to uncertified dental
  assistants

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Paragraph  (c)  of  subdivision  4 of section 3515 of the
public health law, as added by chapter 175  of  the  laws  of  2006,  is
amended to read as follows:
  (c)  a  person  acting  as a [certified] LICENSED dental assistant [or
uncertified dental assistant] who, under the supervision of  a  licensed
dentist,  operates  only  such  radiographic  dental equipment as may be
prescribed by the commissioner in rules and  regulations  for  the  sole
purpose of dental radiography. THE COMMISSIONER IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND
DIRECTED  TO  PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS TO PROHIBIT AN UNLICENSED
OR UNCERTIFIED  DENTAL  ASSISTANT  FROM  OPERATING  RADIOGRAPHIC  DENTAL
EQUIPMENT  PURSUANT TO RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR THE
PURPOSE OF DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY;
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15439-01-4

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