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VIN CE Course PRAC100-0413: OSHA & Practice Safety

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INSTRUCTOR(S): Philip Seibert, CVT
COURSE OPEN: April 8-July 11, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Mondays, April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1; 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 Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary staff actively interested in understanding OSHA's Standards and practical ways to implement them in a veterinary practice.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary 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) 90 minute Real Time Session, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to Course Materials: Course materials (other than the required textbook) will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.

Required Textbook(included in the price of the course): *Note: The cost of both books is included in the registration fee for the course.

About the Instructors:
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 dditor 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 April 15): Admin Requirements
Required Reading (prior to the April 15 Real Time Session): The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 9 -14)
Content: 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 April 22): Staff Safety Training
Required Reading (prior to April 22 Real Time Session): The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 18 - 19; 127 - 132)
Content: 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 April 29): General Hazards Part 1
Required Reading (prior to April 29 Real Time Session): The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 19- 21; 32-34; 79)
Content: 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 May 6): General Hazards Part II
Required Reading (prior to May 6 Real Time Session): The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 25-31; 43 - 50)
Content: 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 May 13): Chemicals (Hazard Communication Standard)
Required Reading (prior to May 13 Real Time Session): The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 50- 70)
Content: 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.

*** MID-COURSE BREAK (May 20, 2013) ***

Week 6 (Real Time Session June 3): Medical Procedures I - anesthesia and animal handling
Required Reading (prior to June 3 Real Time Session): The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 70 - 88)
Content: We're covering more of the hazards in the hospital but shifting our focus to the medically related topics.

Week 7 (Real Time Session June 10): Medical Procedures II - radiology and medical waste
Required Reading (prior to June 10 Real Time Session): The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 22 - 25; 88 - 93)
Content: Discussions continue on the medical hazards in the veterinary practice with radiology and medical waste solutions.

Week 8 (Real Time Session June 17): Medical Procedures III - Chemotherapy and Personal Protective Equipment
Required Reading (prior to June 17 Real Time Session): The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 15 -18; 94 - 101)
Content: 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 June 24): Pending OSHA Rules - Indoor Air Quality and Ergonomics
Required Reading (prior to June 24 Real Time Session): The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 37 - 43)
Content: This week, we'll discuss some of the pending OSHA rules like Indoor Air Quality and Ergonomics.

Week 10 (Real Time Session July 1): Surviving an OSHA Inspection
Required Reading (prior to July 1 Real Time Session): The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (pages 5 - 8)
Content: 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.


Tuition: Member $355 ($325 early bird special if enrolled by March 25, 2013)
Non-Member $488 ($445 early bird special if enrolled by March 25, 2013)

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

*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 enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is submitted for approval for 15 continuing education credits 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 VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

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