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PRAC141-0523: OSHA Module 2 - Basic Safety Hazards

The lectures for this course will be presented via the Zoom webinar platform.

Presenter: Phil Seibert, CVT
Course Open: May 29-July 6, 2023
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2023; 9:00-10:30 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 6
RACE Category: 6 hours Non-Medical

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Tuition: Member $204 ($190 early bird special if enrolled by May 15, 2023)
Non-Member $297 ($274 early bird special if enrolled by May 15, 2023)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*Enroll in all three OSHA modules (PRAC140-0423, PRAC141-0523, PRAC142-0723) by April 10, 2023 and receive a $125 discount off the regular price.

Course Information:
The three OSHA modules (PRAC140-0423, PRAC141-0523, PRAC142-0723) are 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.

The second of three modules, this course will discuss the general hazards of the practice - food and beverages in the practice, housekeeping and sanitation, electricity hazards, noise hazards, fire prevention and planning, and violence prevention. We'll reveal what OSHA has to say about these common issues and talk about ways to solve problems.

In addition, we'll discuss that most talked about of OSHA's regulations, 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.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • recognize sanitation requirements for a veterinary hospital.
  • develop and implement a housekeeping plan for their practice.
  • assess the appropriateness of using extension cords and outlet multipliers in the workplace.
  • develop and implement a hearing safety program for noisy areas.
  • identify appropriate emergency exits and exit routes in the facility.
  • develop a comprehensive fire prevention and response plan.
  • assess the security situation in the facility.
  • develop and implement a comprehensive security and violence prevention plan.
  • identify and list the hazardous chemicals present in their workplace.
  • understand the exemptions to the Hazard Communication Standard and how they apply in the veterinary practice.
  • assemble and organize a Safety Data Sheet Library based on the hazard materials list.
  • identify the location(s) of eyewash device(s) necessary for chemical use in the facility.
  • choose an appropriate secondary container hazard labeling system for use in their practice.
  • understand the additional or special requirements for using formalin, ethylene oxide and other special chemicals in the workplace.
  • develop and implement a practical spill clean-up plan.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians, veterinary technicians/technologists, and veterinary support staff interested in understanding the basic safety hazards in a veterinary practice.
Credit Approval: This course has been submitted (but not yet approved) for 6 hours of continuing education credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. This course is approved by VHMA for CVPM credit. (VHMA 19-22)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session June 5, 2023): General Hazards Part I

Week 2 (Real Time Session June 12, 2023): General Hazards Part II - Fire Prevention and Planning and Violence Prevention

Week 3 (Real Time Session June 19, 2023): Chemicals (Hazard Communication Standard)

Week 4 (Real Time Session June 26, 2023): Chemicals Part II (Special Chemicals)

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.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbooks: The following required textbooks are included in the price of the course.
  • The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual.
    This 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.
  • 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!

Enroll Now  

Tuition: Member $204 ($190 early bird special if enrolled by May 15, 2023)
Non-Member $297 ($274 early bird special if enrolled by May 15, 2023)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*Enroll in all three OSHA modules (PRAC140-0423, PRAC141-0523, PRAC142-0723) by April 10, 2023 and receive a $125 discount off the regular price.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on June 5, 2023 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.

Enrollment qualifications:
  1. VIN CE Courses:
    1. VIN CE courses are open to VIN member, VIN student member, and non-member veterinarians.
    2. Veterinary support staff must be VSPN members in order to enroll in a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. VSPN CE Courses:
    1. VSPN CE courses are open to veterinary support staff and veterinarians.
    2. Only VIN and VSPN members can enroll in a VSPN CE course.
    3. Veterinarians will only receive credit for those VSPN CE courses that specify in the Accreditation statement that the course is accredited for veterinarians.
  3. Please check the course Level and Prerequisites, Accreditation, and Tuition before enrolling.
  4. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses.
    1. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  5. 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.

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.

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

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

VIN CE Services:
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