32.1. In addition to the cases provided for in section 28, a dental hygienist may communicate information that is protected by professional secrecy to prevent an act of violence, including a suicide, where the dental hygienist has reasonable cause to believe that there is an imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury to a person or an identifiable group of persons.
However, the dental hygienist may only communicate the information to a person exposed to the danger or that person’s representative, or to the persons who can come to that person’s aid.
The dental hygienist may only communicate such information as is necessary to achieve the purposes for which the information is communicated.
If the interest of the person or persons exposed to the danger so requires, the dental hygienist shall consult a colleague, a member of another professional order, or any other qualified person, provided the consultation will not prejudicially delay the communication of the information.