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VIN CE Course PRAC100-0415: OSHA & Practice Safety
The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly text format.

Enrollment is closed.

Instructor: Phil Seibert, CVT
Course Open: April 13-July 16, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6; 9:30-11:00 pm ET (US)
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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 support 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 support staff. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians, and was submitted to VHMA for CVPM credit. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

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 Sessions, 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.

To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

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

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

About the Instructor:
Philip Seibert is a 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 April 20, 2015): Admin Requirements
Required Reading (prior to April 20 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual:
OSHA & Hospital Safety (page 3)
Getting Started (pages 3-6)
Multi-Employer Workplaces (page 11)
Non-employees and Volunteers (page 14)
Administrative Requirements (pages 15-16)
Accidents and Illnesses (pages 16-18)
First Aid Kits (page 18)

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 27, 2015): Staff Safety Training
Required Reading (prior to April 27 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual:
OSHA Training Requirements (pages 21-22)
Staff Training (page 145)
Commitment of Leadership (pages 145-146)
Stages of Training (pages 146-147)
Use A Training Outline (pages 147)
Make Training Replicable (page 147-148)
Secrets to Successful Meetings (page 149-150)

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 May 4, 2015): General Hazards Part I
Required Reading (prior to May 4 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual:
Meals and Snacks section (page 22-23)
Sanitation, Housekeeping & Maintenance (pages 23-24)
Restrooms (page 24-25)
Waste Disposal (25) - just the general stuff on page 25- we'll discuss biomedical and chemical wastes during those lessons later in the course
Electricity (pages 35-38)
Noise Hazards (page 81-82)

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 11, 2015): General Hazards Part II - Fire Prevention/Planning and Violence Prevention
Required Reading (prior to May 11 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual:
Egress & Emergency Exits (pages 29-30)
Emergency Lighting (page 31)
Rescue Duties for the Staff (page 32)
Fire Prevention & Response (pages 32-24)
Fire Extinguishers & Sprinklers (page 34)
Violence Prevention (pages 46-50)
Security & Robbery Prevention (pages 50-51)
Making The Practice Less Inviting to Robbers (page 51-52)
Staff Working Alone (page 53)

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 18, 2015): Chemicals Part I (Hazard Communication Standard)
Required Reading (prior to May 18 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual:
Hazardous Chemicals (pages 53-62) includes the section on the Written Plan, The Hazardous Materials List, SDS's, Staff Training, Exemptions, Defining Hazardous and Eyewash Devices.
(Note: the section on Labels is included in this reading assignment because it falls in this page range, but we will actually discuss labels in the lesson NEXT Week).

Content: The most talked about of OSHA's regulations is the Hazard Communication Standard; we'll explain the rules for identifying a hazardous product, discuss the exemptions that will make the program easier, explore the best ways to assemble an MSDS library and go over OSHA's new update on the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) rules.

***** MID-COURSE BREAK (May 26, 2015) *****

Week 6 (Real Time Session June 8, 2015): Chemicals Part II (Special Chemicals) Required Reading (prior to June 8 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual:
Container Labels (page 59-60)
Glutaraldehyde and other Disinfectants (page 62-63)
Ethylene Oxide (page 63-66)
Formalin & Formaldehyde (page 66-67)
Nitrous Oxide (page 68)
Cleaning Up Spills & Accidents (page69-71)
Mercury Thermometers (page 71-72)

Content: This week we'll continue our discussion of the Hazard Communication Standard by focusing on the rules for labeling containers and those resulting from using "special chemicals" such as ethylene oxide, formalin, nitrous oxide, ether or mercury.

Week 7 (Real Time Session June 15, 2015): Medical Procedures I - Anesthesia and Animal Handling
Required Reading (prior to June 15 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual:
Animal Husbandry & Handling (pages 72-72)
Personal Hygiene (page 73-73)
Zoonotic Diseases (pages 76-80)
Inhalation Anesthetics (pages 82-89)
Compressed Gas Cylinders (pages 90-91)
Lasers (pages 91-92)

Content: We're covering more of the hazards in the hospital but shifting our focus to the medically related topics - anesthesia, lasers, and animal handling.

Week 8 (Real Time Session June 22, 2015): Medical Procedures II - Radiology and Medical Waste
Required Reading (prior to June 22 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual:
The Biomedical Waste (pages 25-27)
Sharps (page 27-28)
Radiology (pages 92-98)

Content: Discussions continue on the medical hazards in the veterinary practice with radiology and medical waste solutions.

Week 9 (Real Time Session June 29, 2015): Medical Procedures III - Chemotherapy and Personal Protective Equipment
Required Reading (prior to June 29 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual:
The Hazard Assessment (pages 19-20)
Personal Protective Equipment (page 20)
Chemotherapy (pages 99-106)

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 10 (Real Time Session July 6, 2015): Surviving an OSHA Inspection
Required Reading (prior to July 6 Real Time Session):
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual:
Rights and Responsibities (pages 6-10)
Enforcing Safety Rules (pages 10-11)

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.

CE Credits: 15

Tuition: Member $375 ($344 early bird special if enrolled by March 30, 2015)
Non-Member $515 ($470 early bird special if enrolled by March 30, 2015)
*Note: Tuition includes the cost of the printed manuals (valued at $72).

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on April 14th at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
Enrollment is closed.
  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 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved 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 VIN CE at 800-846-0028 ext. 797 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 office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 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 office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.

*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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