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PRAC100-0411: OSHA & Practice Safety

INSTRUCTOR:
Philip Seibert, CVT
COURSE OPEN: April 11 - July 21, 2011
REAL TIME SESSIONS: Mondays, April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, Mid-term break. Class resumes June 6, 13, 20,27, (No class July 4), July 11; 9:30pm-11:00pm ET (USA)

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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a practice session prior to the first RTS. Times and dates will be listed in the course confirmation email . Expect to spend 30-45 minutes at one of the 2 or 3 sessions prior to the first RTS.

Level and Prerequisites: VIN CE course: open to veterinarians and veterinary support staff. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Course Description:
This course is designed for the Practice Owner, Manager or Administrator who desires to understand OSHA's Standards as well as practical ways to implement them in a veterinary practice. We attempt to avoid debating the merits of any particular requirement and focus on how to achieve compliance! This course will cover ALL aspects of a hospital safety program, not just the Hazard Communication Standard. The participants will be provided with many downloadable resources, including the actual text versions of applicable standards.

This course consists of ten (10) 1 1/2 hour Real Time Sessions; library materials supplementing the chapters in the required text; interactive message board discussions; and an mid course and end of course quiz designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to

  1. Recognize the specific OSHA Standards that apply to your practice.
  2. With a reasonable degree of completeness, implement a safety program in your practice that will protect employees, prevent accidents or illnesses and comply with current OSHA standards.
  3. Construct the first version (or refined an existing version) of a written Hospital Safety Manual that contains policies and procedures that are specific to your practice.
  4. Locate various resources, both within and outside the veterinary profession, to assist in understanding and implementing a hospital safety program.
  5. Build a network of colleagues through interaction with other course participants with whom you can share ideas and resources.
Course Materials: Course materials (other than the required textbook) will be available in the library prior to the Real Time Sessions.
Required textbook: (Included in course price) Recommended textbook:
None

About the Instructor: Philip Seibert is Certified Veterinary Technician concentrating as a full-time practice consultant to the profession, and is Director of the VIN OSHA Center. Phil's extensive clinical and managerial background enabled him to become the first veterinary technician to evaluate over 1000 veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Phil has taken the lead in "deciphering" the regulatory agency rules affecting the veterinary profession and continuously offers advice to veterinary technicians, hospital managers and practice owners on compliance with the regulations. Phil is the founder and Managing Editor of the profession's only safety-specific newsletter, The Veterinary Safety & Health Digest. He is the author of many articles dealing with veterinary hospital administration which have appeared in national publications such as Journal of the AVMA, AAHA Trends, Veterinary Forum and the Practice Journals.

Course Outline:
Week 1: (Real Time Session ):
Instructor: Philip Seibert, CVT
Required reading: The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 9 -14).
Content: Admin Requirements
To get us started on the right foot, we'll spend some time going over the process of distance learning. Even if you're new to this exciting way of CE, you'll see how easy it is to interact with other course participants and access the course materials or bulletin boards. We'll begin our topic by discussing exactly which forms, posters, plans or documents are required by OSHA. some simple fill in the blank examples will be shared.

Week 2: (Real Time Session ):
Instructor: Philip Seibert, CVT
Required reading: The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 18 - 19; 127 - 132).
Content: Staff Safety Training
No matter how good your written program may be, if the staff does not follow the rules or simply isn't informed, you will not be successful. This week we'll discuss ways to design and implement an effective training program that doesn't take a lot of time to replicate each time you have a new staff member.

Week 3: (Real Time Session ):
Instructor: Philip Seibert, CVT
Required reading: The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 19- 21; 32-34; 79).
Content: General Hazards Part I - electricity, housekeeping, food in the practice, and noise dangers.
We'll start our discussions about some of the general hazards present in the practice by exploring the topics of electricity, housekeeping, food in the practice, and noise dangers.

Week 4: (Real Time Session ):
Instructor: Philip Seibert, CVT
Required reading: The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 25-31; 43 - 50).
Content: General Hazards Part II - fire prevention and planning and violence prevention.
This week, we deal with more general hazards of the practice by discussing fire prevention and planning and violence prevention; we reveal what OSHA has to say about these common issues and talk about ways to solve the problems.

Week 5: (Real Time Session ):
Instructor: Philip Seibert, CVT
Required reading: The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 50- 70).
Content: Chemicals (Hazard Communication Standard)
The most talked about of OSHA's regulations is the Hazard Communication Standard; we'll spend the entire session dispelling some common myths about this area as well as presenting the facts. We'll teach participants how to spend less time assembling MSDS's, training staff and labeling containers but still stay in compliance with the regulation.

Week 6: (Real Time Session ):
Instructor: Philip Seibert, CVT
Required reading: The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 70 - 88).
Content: Medical Procedures I - anesthesia and animal handling
We're covering more of the hazards in the hospital but shifting our focus to the medically related topics.

Week 7: (Real Time Session ):
Instructor: Philip Seibert, CVT
Required reading: The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 22 - 25; 88 - 93).
Content: Medical Procedures II - radiology and medical waste
Discussions continue on the medical hazards in the veterinary practice with radiology and medical waste solutions.

Week 8: (Real Time Session ):
Instructor: Philip Seibert, CVT
Required reading: The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 15 -18; 94 - 101).
Content: Medical Procedures III - Chemotherapy and Personal Protective Equipment
More and more practices are doing it chemotherapy, that is and we'll talk about the special rules for doing it in a veterinary practice. We'll also discuss OSHA's Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Standard and how to get employees to wear the stuff!

Week 9: (Real Time Session ):
Instructor: Philip Seibert, CVT
Required reading: The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 37 - 43).
Content: Pending OSHA Rules - Indoor Air Quality and Ergonomics
This week, we'll discuss some of the pending OSHA rules like Indoor Air Quality and Ergonomics

Week 10: (Real Time Session ):
Instructor: Philip Seibert, CVT
Required reading: The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 5 - 8).
Content: Surviving an OSHA Inspection
Finally, what we all worry about - What to do if OSHA decides to inspect your practice! We'll talk about ways to minimize your risk of an inspection, as well as the EMPLOYER'S rights during an inspection. We'll also reveal some very creative "scams" that people have used to get your money under the guise of an OSHA inspection

CE CREDITS: 15

Tuition: Member $300 ($270 early bird special if enrolled by March 28, 2011).
Non-Member $433 ($390 early bird special if enrolled by March 28, 2011).

Tuition fee includes printed manuals (valued at $72).

** NOTE: To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

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