Word related Health and Safety Issues in Veterinary Practice

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´╗┐Word related Health and Safety Issues in Veterinary Practice Mary E. Mill operator, MN, ARNP Dept. of Labor & Industries WISHA Policy & Technical Services

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Health and Safety Regulations Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Washington Industrial Safety & Health Administration (WISHA) RCW 49.17

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Compliance Inspections Unannounced Fatality/Catastrophe Complaint from laborer Scheduled Citations with decrease required Penalties for genuine perils Appeals handle

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Consultation and Education Free, secret Telephone or on location If genuine dangers found must be altered in the vicinity preparing Workshops Film Library Signs/notices/leaflets

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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 representatives

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Ergonomics: Heavy lifting, other overexertion Slips/trips/falls Kicks/chomps/scratches Needlestick/sharps wounds Anesthetic gases* Latex glove hypersensitivity Ethylene Oxide* Insecticides Disinfectants Formaldehyde* Infectious Diseases First Aid* Emergency Washing* Specific Health & Safety Issues

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Accident Prevention Program, WAC 296-24-040 ...custom fitted to necessities and risks of individual offices Overall Safety Program On-the-employment audit of practices important to perform obligations securely Training Personal Protective Equipment Injury Reporting Emergency Actions Safety Committees

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Hazard Communication Program, Right-to-Know Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) Container Labeling Training Personal Protective Equipment Written Program Examples : Disinfectants, pesticides

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1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 Total 4 0 4 6 18 Number of Consultation Visits, 1994-1998

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1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 Total 28 3 6 5 15 57 Number of Compliance Visits, 1994-1998

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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

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Washington State Worker Comp Data, Accepted Claims 1994-1998

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Burns - 16 Chemical*/Heat Concussion - 6 Conjunctivitis - 19 Contusion - 109 Dermititis - 12 Dislocation - 11 Fracture - 26 * Indicates prevailing 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

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Animals - 1,572 (74%) (counting feathered creatures, reptiles, bugs) Bodily Motion - 47 Building or Furnishings - 44 Chemicals - 51 Containers - 64 (boxes, packs, and so forth). Entryways - 21 Floor/ground/stairs - 98 (5%) Highway Vehicle - 10 Infectious Agent - 15 Needle - 25 Non-pwr cut/apparatus - 45 Other - 81 Unknown - 36 Source of Injury, 1994-1999A

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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

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Resources Labor & Industries Consultants in your general vicinity Check Blue government area of the white pages L&I page: www.lni.wa.gov http://www.lni.wa.gov/wisha Mary Miller mmar235@lni.wa.gov 360.902.5666

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