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VIN PRAC142-0721: OSHA Module 3 - Medical Hazards

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Presenter: Phil Seibert, CVT
Course Open: July 19-August 19, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, July 26, August 2, and 9, 2021; 9:30-11:00 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 4.5
RACE Category: 4.5 hours Non-Medical

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Course Information:
This course is designed for the Practice Owner, Manager or Administrator who wants 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, instead, will 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.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • develop and implement an animal handling safety plan for the staff.
  • develop and implement an infection control plan for animals with contagious or infectious diseases.
  • recognize and understand how waste anesthetic gasses get into the work environment and how they affect workers.
  • develop and implement a waste gas anesthesia safety plan.
  • understand the risks associated with surgical and therapy lasers.
  • develop and implement a laser safety plan.
  • properly identify biomedical waste based on state regulations.
  • develop and implement a biomedical waste handling plan to include proper needle and sharps safety measures.
  • understand the risks associated with low-level, chronic x-ray radiation exposure likely found in a veterinary practice.
  • develop and implement a radiation safety plan to include the use of machine safeguards, protective equipment and proper procedures.
  • understand the risks associated with hazardous drugs in a medical workplace and the precautions necessary for staff protection.
  • develop and implement a Dangerous Drug Safety Plan.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians, veterinary technicians/technologists, and veterinary support personnel actively interested in understanding OSHA standards. We will discuss ways to design and implement an effective training program and how to survive an OSHA inspection in a veterinary practice.
This course is approved for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 20-799771)
This course is approved by VHMA for CVPM credit. (VHMA 19-23)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session July 26, 2021): Anesthesia, Lasers and Animal Handling

Week 2 (Real Time Session August 2, 2021): Radiology and Medical Waste

Week 3 (Real Time Session August 9, 2021): Chemotherapy and Dangerous Drugs

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!

Enrollment is closed.

Tuition: Member $170 ($160 early bird special if enrolled by July 5, 2021)
Non-Member $249 ($231 early bird special if enrolled by July 5, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on July 26, 2021 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.

  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. 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:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
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