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PRAC100-0407: OSHA & Practice Safety
* Philip Seibert, CVT
April 16 - July 9, 2007
Interactive Sessions: Mondays: April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, mid-term break. Class resumes June 4, 11, 18, 25, and July 2; 9:30 - 11:00 pm ET (USA)
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.
Week 1 (4/16):
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 message 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 (4/23):
General Hazards, part 1
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 3 (4/30):
General Hazards, part 2
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 4 (5/7):
Indoor Air Quality/Ergonomics
This week, we'll discuss newer OSHA rules like Indoor Air Quality and Ergonomics.
Week 5 (5/14):
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 (6/4):
Medical and Animal Hazards, part 1
We're covering more of the hazards in the hospital but shifting our focus to the medically-related topics - anesthesia and animal handling.
Week 7 (6/11):
Medical and Animal Hazards, part 2
Discussions continue on the medical hazards in the veterinary practice with radiology and medical waste solutions.
Week 8 (6/18):
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 (6/25):
Staff Training Plan
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 10 (7/2):
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.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS:
Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and will continue for 7 days following the last real time session.
CE HOURS: 15
Member/ $312, Non-Member/$413 by April 2, 2007;
Member/ $340, Non-Member/$452 after April 2, 2007
Course open to VIN and VSPN members.
Tuition fee includes printed manuals (valued at $72).
For veterinary students interested in taking this course, you are required to purchase the printed manuals at a discounted rate of $55, so please include billing information in your course registration.
*Please register early to receive printed manuals prior to the course start date.
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual is a comprehensive reference tool for the practice administrator, covering not only OSHA standards, but a complete range of regulatory issues, including controlled substances and pharmacy operations, labor and employment issues, and ADA compliance. In addition, you'll also receive a copy of Safety Issues for the Veterinary Practice Staff. This self-paced workbook is ideal for training new and existing members of the practice team on the issues important to them and to OSHA! Both books are included in the registration fee for the course.
Recommended Textbook: None
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"This course has been submitted (but not yet approved) for 15 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call VIN at 1-800-700-4636 for further information."
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