2nd Quarter - June 2020 | Contact Newsletter
Your Quarterly News & Updates
Greetings, Washington State Dental Laboratory members and friends! The 2020 2nd Quarter Contact newsletter is filled with information about our upcoming 2020 NW Lab Forum, Awards, Industry News and much more. Stay connected to what's going on in our industry with The Contact!
President's Message - Megan Nakanishi
A Year of Change and Adaptation

2020 is such a year of unexpected change and impressive adaptation in our industry and in our state! 

Thank you to those who participated in our WSDLA Zoom Meeting on May 1st. It was heartwarming to see many of your faces and share our stories during such an unprecedented time. It is moments like those that I am extremely grateful to be a part of this great organization. Thank you!

To read the full President's Message, please   click here.
2020 Northwest Laboratory Forum *NEW DATES!!*
Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and how it is affecting the dental laboratory industry, the WSDLA Board of Directors has made the decision to once again move the 2020 NW Lab Forum. We feel this is best course of action at this time to maintain the safety and well being of our members, vendors, attendees and their families. The forum was moved from June to October 2020. The location will be the same Embassy Suites Seattle/Bellevue. Thank you for being so supportive of this change! We're looking forward to seeing everyone this fall.
October 30 - November 1, 2020

Hotel Information:
Embassy Suites - Seattle/Bellevue
3225 158th Ave SE - Bellevue, WA 98008
There is still time to make your hotel reservation!
Please call the hotel at 425-644-2500 to make your reservation.

Call our office to register today at (800) 652-2212.

For more information about the 2020 Northwest Laboratory Forum, Click here.

2020 NW Laboratory Forum
March 26 - 28, 2021

Hotel Information:
Embassy Suites - Seattle/Bellevue
3225 158th Ave SE - Bellevue, WA 98008

Stay tuned for more information on our 2021 NW Laboratory Forum!
Member News
Important Announcement Regarding COVID-19 and Continuing Education Requirements for CDT/RG 2020 Renewals
NBC has graciously agreed to help in our situation, because many Washington State CDTs use the credits earned at the WSDLA annual conference for their CE renewals. 

Many CDTs and RGs have reached out to NBC concerned about their ability to obtain continuing education in the wake of meetings and events being cancelled or postponed. NBC policy currently states that CDTs and RGs that renew by their renewal deadline will receive an automatic 45-day grace period from their renewal deadline to get their remaining credits into NBC. However, given the developments of COVID-19, NBC is extending the grace period for CDTs and RGs to complete their continuing education to 90-days from a CDTs renewal deadline . This provides an additional three months beyond a CDTs or RGs given deadline to complete all continuing education requirements.

Additionally, any CDTs that need additional time to obtain their continuing education requirements beyond this initial 90-day grace period can contact NBC to discuss individual circumstances and receive an additional extension. Questions regarding CDT Renewals and Continuing Education can be emailed to certification@nbccert.org or you can contact NBC directly at (800) 684-5310.
WSDLA - 2018 Past President Plaque
Chris Delarm, WSDLA Past President, proudly displays his plaque. Thanks for your service to WSDLA!
Chris Delarm, CDT. Owner and Ceramist, Veristic Dental Studio
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Industry News
2020 Grants and Scholarship Opportunities
The Foundation has created the Workplace Safety Grant in an effort to ensure safety among all dental laboratory employees. As part of this grant, the Foundation has allocated funds for dental laboratories to call in OSHA for a voluntary on-site safety consultation, and will provide up to $500 per dental laboratory to assist with implementing corrective action as indicated by OSHA’s voluntary on-site safety consultation.

Application Deadline: First Come, First Serve

The Spear Education Grant will award two Spear Educational Seminars ($1,695 value each) and three Spear Online Memberships ($2,748 value each).

Application Deadline: 7/15/2020

The Dawson Academy Education Grant will award six technicians a seat in the cornerstone course Functional Occlusion - From TMJ to Smile Design. The cost to attend this course would typically be $1,695.

Application Deadline: 8/15/2020

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WSDLA Offers COVID-19 Information and Resources
These are unprecedented times, and we understand the challenges trying to navigate a new world where suppliers, clients, pipelines of goods and services, and business intersect with new state and federal guidelines – all while keeping your staff, clients and suppliers safe. You have enough on your plate, and the WSDLA is here to help. Did you know that your association has a great list of resources available for members on its website?

The WSDLA has compiled an extensive list of information and resources to help you manage your business, covering topics such as:

  • Business Resources
  • Workplace Safety
  • Assistance for Small Business
  • Information specific to Washington State
  • IRS Related Information
  • Dental Specific Resources
  • Various Guides and Workplace Posters
  • Complimentary Online Webinars for CEUs

These resources can be found on the WSDLA website at https://www.wsdla.com/covid-19-member-resources/ . Links and documents featured on the WSDLA website are from multiple sources including: the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, WA State, WSDA, NADL, and others reputable sources. Also available on the website page are opportunities for online CEUs.

The resource list will grow as more information becomes available. If you have a suggestion for a resource not listed, or have other questions, please send an email to  wsdla@executiveoffice.org .
We are here to serve you.