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Occupational Health and Safety Issues in Veterinary Practice. Mary E. Miller, MN, ARNP Dept. of Labor & Industries WISHA Policy & Technical Services. Health and Safety Regulations. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

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occupational health and safety issues in veterinary practice

Occupational Health and Safety Issues in Veterinary Practice

Mary E. Miller, MN, ARNP

Dept. of Labor & Industries

WISHA Policy & Technical Services

health and safety regulations
Health and Safety Regulations
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Washington Industrial Safety & Health Administration (WISHA)
    • RCW 49.17
compliance inspections
Compliance Inspections
  • Unannounced
  • Fatality/Catastrophe
  • Complaint from worker
  • Scheduled
  • Citations with abatement required
  • Penalties for serious hazards
  • Appeals process
consultation and education
Consultation and Education
  • Free, confidential
  • Telephone or on-site
  • If serious hazards found must be fixed
  • On-site training
  • Workshops
  • Film Library
  • Signs/posters/brochures
standards washington administrative codes
Standards: Washington Administrative Codes
  • WAC 296-24 General Occupational Safety Standards
  • WAC 296-62 General Occupational Health Standards
  • General Duty Clause/Safe Place
  • Recordkeeping: OSHA 200 logs
    • applies where there are >10 employees
specific health safety issues
Ergonomics: Heavy lifting, other overexertion

Slips/trips/falls

Kicks/bites/scratches

Needlestick/sharps injuries

Anesthetic gases*

Latex glove allergy

Ethylene Oxide*

Insecticides

Disinfectants

Formaldehyde*

Infectious Diseases

First Aid*

Emergency Washing*

Specific Health & Safety Issues
accident prevention program wac 296 24 040
Accident Prevention Program,WAC 296-24-040

...tailored to needs and hazards of individual facilities

  • Overall Safety Program
  • On-the-job review of practices necessary to perform duties safely
  • Training
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Injury Reporting
  • Emergency Actions
  • Safety Committees
hazard communication program right to know
Hazard Communication Program, Right-to-Know
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Container Labeling
  • Training
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Written Program
  • Examples: Disinfectants, pesticides
number of compliance visits 1994 1998
1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

Total

28

3

6

5

15

57

Number of Compliance Visits, 1994-1998
number of claims 1994 1998
Total Claims

1994 345

1995 392

1996 436

1997 454

1998 508

Total 2,135

Total Costs

$274,503

$474,681

$457,651

$403,699

$303,509

$1,914,044

Number of Claims, 1994-1998
nature of injury 1994 1998
Burns - 16

Chemical*/Heat

Concussion - 6

Conjunctivitis - 19

Contusion - 109

Dermititis - 12

Dislocation - 11

Fracture - 26

* Indicates dominant source

Infection/Toxic - 14

Laceration - 1,356 (64%)

Multiple Injury - 22

Scratches - 90 (4%)

Sprain/Strain - 330 (15%)

Other/Unknown - 124

Nature of Injury, 1994-1998
source of injury 1994 1999a
Animals - 1,572 (74%)

(including birds, reptiles, insects)

Bodily Motion - 47

Building or Furnishings - 44

Chemicals - 51

Containers - 64

(boxes, bags, etc).

Doors - 21

Floor/ground/stairs - 98 (5%)

Highway Vehicle - 10

Infectious Agent - 15

Needle - 25

Non-pwr knife/tool - 45

Other - 81

Unknown - 36

Source of Injury, 1994-1999A
type of injury 1994 1998
Abrasion - 12

Bitten By - 1,232 (58%)

Caught In - 9

Contact Toxics - 77

Falls - 104 (5%)

Kicked By - 20

Motor Vehicle - 6

Overexertion - 290 (14%)

Struck against/by - 352 (17%)

Other/Unknown - 27

Type of Injury, 1994-1998
resources
Resources
  • Labor & Industries Consultants in your area
    • Check Blue government section of the white pages
  • L&I web page: www.lni.wa.gov
    • http://www.lni.wa.gov/wisha
  • Mary Miller
    • mmar235@lni.wa.gov
    • 360.902.5666