Top Ten Safety Violations in Veterinary Practices

You ever been in this predicament; time to take an x-ray at your veterinary hospital and you are asked, again, to restrain an unwilling dog without sedation, the lead gloves have puncture holes in them, the thyroid collar hangs to your chest because the velcro is no longer sticky and the apron drapes to your knees because it is torn 2/3rd of the way down the length of it. Sounds familiar? As you read the following PDF you will learn you are not alone.

http://avmaplit.com/uploadedFiles/AVMAPLIT/Publications/Safety_and_Loss_Control/Top%20Ten%20OSHA%20Violations.pdf

If you do work at a veterinary hospital with these violations, please bring the article to the owner’s/manager’s attention. Your safety is important and there are rules, laws and regulations in place to protect you from harm!

Other sites that support your safety:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration, http://www.osha.gov/

SafetyVet, http://www.safetyvet.com/

If you have questions regarding your safety, please send me a comment. I want to help you in your career and safety is of utmost importance!

Thanks, RR

Denver Veterinary Hospital robbed at Gunpoint!

Be safe! Be cautious! Be prepared! Please review your employee handbooks for protocols established in your veterinary hospital. NOW is a good time to have a drill and discuss with your team what to do, how to react, what to remember and how to play it safe!

13 Ways to Prevent a Robbery at Your Hospital, DVM360, Phil Seibert, CVT from SafetyVet:

http://veterinarybusiness.dvm360.com/vetec/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=721622

Here is the news story of Coal Creek Robbery in Arapahoe County: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/30641900/detail.html

Employee Handbook Policy Example:

It is important to remember two things:

• Robbers want one thing – your money or property – and they want it quickly.

• Robbery is a risky business and robbers are usually nervous. You do not want to delay a robbery in any way and increase the potential for violence. Give the robber what he or she wants and do it quickly. Do not risk your life, or another person’s life, for property.

http://www.portlandonline.com/police/index.cfm?a=31555&c=29869

AAHA Be Safe! Award winning Video: https://www.aahanet.org/Store/ProductDetail.aspx?type=SafetyandOSHATools&code=OSHAZ1