WSR 08-04-113



[ Filed February 6, 2008, 11:26 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 07-16-067.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: New section dental hygiene, WAC 246-815-260 Off-site supervision.

Hearing Location(s): Department of Health, Town Center Two Room 158, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, on April 4, 2008, at 2:00 p.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: April 25, 2008.

Submit Written Comments to: Jennifer Bressi, P.O. Box 47867, Olympia, WA 98504-7867, web site, fax (360) 664-9077, by March 31, 2008.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jennifer Bressi by March 31, 2008, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The purpose of the proposed rule is to provide a definition of off-site supervision for dental hygienists to provide services in senior centers. SHB 1298, passed in 2007, allows dental hygienists to remove deposits and stains from the surfaces of the teeth, apply topical preventive or prophylactic agents, polish and smooth restorations and perform root planing and soft tissue curettage in senior centers with off-site supervision by a dentist licensed in Washington.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: SHB 1298 requires dentists to provide off-site supervision to dental hygienists providing services in senior centers. Dental and dental hygiene rules do not currently define off-site supervision. A definition is needed to define off-site supervision, which is authorized by SHB 1298.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.29.130.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.29.130 and 18.29.056.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Washington state department of health, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Jennifer Bressi, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-4893.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rule would not impose more than minor costs on businesses in an industry.

A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Jennifer Bressi, P.O. Box 47867, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 236-4893, fax (360) 664-9077, e-mail No SBEIS is required because the rule can be categorized under RCW 35.05.328 [34.05.328] (5)(b)(v) a rule with content explicitly dictated by statute.

February 6, 2008

Mary C. Selecky



WAC 246-815-260   Off-site supervision.   Off-site supervision means that a licensed dental hygienist has entered into a written practice plan under RCW 18.29.056 with a dentist licensed in Washington. The dentist must agree to be available for contact as documented in the practice plan. The dental hygienist must submit the practice plan to the department for approval. Off-site supervision does not require the physical presence of the supervising dentist at the treatment site.


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