OSAP Board Meets in New Facility to Plan 2017

Dentistry Today


The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) held its first board meeting at the organization’s new headquarters in Atlanta, November 13-15. During the meeting, the Board of Directors reviewed the organization’s accomplishments in 2016 and worked on plans for 2017.

The group finalized work on a partnership agreement to advance infection control education, approved a new initiative to develop a global networking community for infection control coordinators, determined editorial schedules, agreed to the development of new white papers on infection control, and approved a new online publication that will be unveiled in 2017.

OSAP’s board includes dental industry executives, infection control educators, clinicians, and government officials. It is chaired by Mike Smurr, director of marketing, merchandise, for Patterson Dental. Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP, director of occupational health and safety and patient safety advocate at Forsyth Institute in Boston, is the vice chair.

Marguerite Walsh, vice president, product merchandising for Henry Schein Dental, is the treasurer. Karen Gregory, RN, director of compliance and education for Total Medical Compliance, serves as the secretary.

John O’Keefe, BDentSc, MDentSc, MBA, director of Knowledge Networks and editor in chief with the Canadian Dental Association, is the immediate past chair. Therese M. Long, MBA, CAE, is the executive director and serves on the board in an ex-officio capacity.