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TOOLS FOR SUCCESS

Workplace Hazard
Communications
Make sure your practice is compliant
Courtesy AVMA

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eterinarians and their staff routinely work with hazardous substances. Just a few include:

	Rubbing alcohol, glutaraldehyde, and other sterilants and disinfectants
	Oxygen tanks and other compressed gasses
	Various chemotherapeutics and other drugs
	Various pesticides, including pour-ons and spot-ons
	Lab reagents
	Chemicals associated with radiograph development
	Certain products used in hoof repair
Some products, such as anesthetic agents and substances used in
manipulating heat cycles in horses and livestock, pose greater risk
to pregnant women or those trying to become pregnant.
In addition, the veternary profession is faced with other hazards,
such as:
	Zoonotic agents
	Injuries from working with animals, equipment, or suppliesnjuries from working with animals, equipment, or supplies
	Slips, trips, and falls
	Hearing loss
	Thermal and radiologic exposures
Employers need to comply with workplace hazard communication regulations and are legally obligated to have safeguards in
place for their workers. Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) [formally called
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs)], employee training, and
proper labeling are just a few of the safeguards that constitute hazard communication, which is regulated by the U.S. Department
of Labor, Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and State Occupational Safety and Health Plans. Federally, 29 CFR
1910.1200 is the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).
The HCS was revised to align with the Globally Harmonized
System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The
update provides benefits for safety (such as a standardized SDS format and easily understood labeling pictograms) and international
trade (such as harmonization with global standards and improved
hazard communications across cultures and language barriers).
With the phase-in dates required under the revised standard,
what does this mean for veterinary practices with employees? It's
not as bad as it sounds if employers already have their hazard communication plan (HCP) in place. The AVMA PLIT's Spring 2012
Safety Bulletin addresses this in greater detail. Below are some of
the things you need to know.

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What's Required?
Employers are required to comply with the Hazard
Communication Standard, including Controlling Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Drugs and having:
	a Hazard Communication Plan (HCP);
*	 A model HCP is available to members of the AVMA
PLIT on its Safety and Training Resources for Veterinary
Employees web page (must be logged in to avmaplit.com to
access article.)
	hazardous substance training for employees and documentation
of such;
	immediate access by employees to Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)
[formally Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs)], such as in an
SDS Library;
	proper hazard labeling; and
	trained their employees on the new label elements and safety
data sheet (SDS) format in addition to the current training
requirements [especially 29 CFR 1910.1200(h)]. To assist with
this, OSHA has developed
	
	 The Fact Sheet, December 1st, 2013 Training Requirements for the Revised Hazard Communication Standard
	
	 The OSHA Brief, Hazard Communication Standard:
Labels and Pictograms
	
	 Hazard Communication QuickCards such as ones covering SDSs and pictograms.
	

The following AVMA resources may help practices develop and
implement their HCPs.
	
	
	
	

	
	
	

	Public resources
	 SDS 101 - Reading and Using Safety Data
Sheets
	 Guidelines for Hazards in the Workplace
(AVMA Policy)
	 Shipment of Diagnostic Specimens (AVMA Policy)
	 Required Training for Packaging and Shipping Lab
Specimens
	Members-only resources
	Recordkeeping
	 Veterinary Hazardous Waste Disposal Training and
Compliance
	 Veterinary Waste Disposal FAQs and Quick Reference
Resources
	 Drug and Chemical Disposal

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
(NIOSH) has created a collection of resources specifically for veterinary workplace safety and health. P

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Pulse - April 2021
Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
SCVMA Profile
Pulsepoints
Practical Pathology
Optimizing Veterinary Practice Staff Increases Efficiency and Retains Clients
Medical Leeway
UC Davis Update
Tools for Success
Angel Fund
Dear Tabby
The RVT
Industry Insights
Quick Reference
Digital Photography for Veterinarians
AVMA Diplomates
Resources
Disease Table
From the SCVMA Office
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