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Answers To Common OSHA Questions

We get many questions about the OSHA rules for veterinary practices. Sometimes the questions deal with interpreting a standard.  Sometimes the question simply is "How do I do that?"  Sometimes the question is to clarify an issue with conflicting advice.  No matter what the question, we're here to help.

We've taken some of the most common questions and used excerpts from The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual and past issues of The Veterinary Safety & Health Digest to answer them here for you.  If you have a question that you'd like answered, send us a message and we'll do our best to get you the correct information. Of course, all questions are confidential and we'll never let anyone else know who asked it, but if we think the question is one that a lot of folks would like to know the answer to, we may use it in The Digest or on this site without revealing the identity of the originator.

Just click on one of the questions below to get the answer!

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Where can we find information on the Ebola virus and how it affects veterinary practices?

How do we properly dispose of products we no longer want to use?

We don't have a break room.  Is food and drink really a safety problem in the treatment room?

General Safety & Paperwork Issues

How do I get my OSHA program started?

How often do we need to update our safety plans?

How do OSHA's new recordkeeping rules apply to the veterinary practice?

How do I know if an accidents is "work-related?"

How do I conduct an accident investigation?

Do OSHA's rules apply in every state?

Is there a Canadian equivalent of OSHA?

Can OSHA inspect my business when I'm not present?

We lease space in our practice to a veterinary specialist.  Are we responsible for his employees' safety?

Will OSHA collect any fines for violations at the time of the inspection?

How is housekeeping related to indoor air quality?

Is food and drink in the veterinary practice really taboo?



What is involved in setting up a hazard chemical program for the hospital?

What's the best way to organize my MSDS library?

How do we know which chemicals are hazardous?

Do we really need an  MSDS for drugs in our pharmacy?

Do we really need a spill kit?

Do I really have to label every vial of medication with a hazardous materials label?

What's the best labeling system to use for secondary containers of hazardous chemicals?

Is it true that I can't use a faucet-mounted eyewash in the hospital?

What are the special rules for using gas sterilization procedures?

How should we clean up broken mercury thermometers?

What do we need to know about using chemotherapy drugs in the veterinary practice?

Can we just use a respirator or mask instead of installing a fan or scavenger?


Animal & Medical Related Issues

Does OSHA have any regulations covering animal bites and scratches?

Are employee's pets or hospital mascots a hazard in the practice?

What is "Noise Hazard" in the veterinary practice?

Does OSHA require rabies vaccinations for staff members?

Who can we get to perform the required annual checks on our anesthesia machines ?

What isolation protocols should we follow when an animal has a disease?

What constitutes a "good" hand washing?

Are hand sanitizers as effective as a regular hand washing?

What are the requirements for taking x-rays in a veterinary hospital?

Our associate is pregnant and wants to wear a respirator during surgery.  Is this a good idea?

What are the safety rules for using a laser for surgical procedures in a veterinary practice?


Sharps & Medical Waste

How does the new Needlestick Safety Prevention Act affect veterinary practices?

Can we re-use syringes and needles?

What's the best way to recap a needle?


Fire & Emergencies

Do I really need to post an evacuation diagram in my clinic?

What are staff member's responsibilities in an emergency evacuation of the facility?

Do Fire Extinguishers Expire?


Miscellaneous Issues

Is workplace violence a problem in the veterinary practice?

How can we take security more seriously but still maintain accessibility for our staff?

What are the safety training requirements for veterinary staff?

What should I do when a staff member tells us she's pregnant?

What do we need to do to comply with OSHA's  Ergonomic Standards?


The information on these pages is excerpted from The Veterinary Safety & Health Digest and
The Complete Veterinary Practice Regulatory Compliance Manual (5th Edition)  by Philip J. Seibert, Jr., CVT,
Copyright 2003-2003 Philip J. Seibert, Jr., CVT  All Rights Reserved
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