Is your practice ready for the December 1st compliance deadline? That’s the date by which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers – including veterinary practices – to have trained their employees on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) format. In addition to this new training, veterinary practices with employees are legally obligated to have safeguards in place to help protect their employees from workplace hazards. Employee training, immediate access to SDSs, a written Hazard Communication Plan (HCP), and a list of hazardous substances in the workplace are a few of the key components in every practice’s Hazard Communication.
If your practice is not ready for the compliance deadline or is looking for additional resources pertaining to it, visit the AVMA’s webpage, Workplace Hazard Communications, which is a members-only site that summarizes the recent OSHA changes impacting veterinary practices and that provides a collection of resources your practice can use to better ensure compliance by the deadline.