Physical and Environmental Requirements

Dental Assistant

The following sensory and physical activities are essential functions of this position and are performed in excess of levels required for ordinary movement:

  • Accommodation
  • Awkward position
  • Color vision
  • Depth perception
  • Feeling
  • Fingering (manipulative finger movements)
  • Flexing or rotating wrists
  • Grasping
  • Handling
  • Hearing
  • Lifting
  • Near visual acuity
  • Reaching
  • Repetitive Movement
  • Sitting
  • Speaking
  • Standing
  • Stooping
  • Twisting

The following mental and communicative activities are essential to the performance of this position:

  • Ability to handle stress and emotion
  • Ability to organize materials
  • Ability to remember procedures and instructions
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Concentrating on task
  • Dealing with angry people
  • Dealing with diverse populations
  • Fast reaction time
  • Handling conflict
  • Handling multiple priorities
  • Performing task during limited time frame
  • Positive attitude toward ill, handicapped and elderly
  • Public contact
  • Reasoning-applying procedures
  • Using diplomacy and tact

Individuals in this position are required to carry or lift weights in this range:

  • 1-25 pounds

Individuals in this position are exposed to the following:

  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Chemical hazards (skin irritants)
  • Respiratory hazards
  • Vibrating equipment
  • Use of sharp instruments
  • Latex

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