Is your practice ready for December 1, 2013?

That’s the deadline set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for employers – including veterinary practices with employees – to have trained their employees on the new label elements and safety data sheet (previously material safety data sheet) format of the revised Hazard Communication Standard.

Several products commonly used in veterinary medicine may pose risks to people if stored, used, or disposed of improperly, and 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.

To learn more about how the recent changes impact your practice and about the phase-in compliance deadlines, visit the Workplace Hazard Communications, a members-only resource that’s listed among the Reference Guides of the Resources in the AVMA’s Knowledge Base and also linked to under the “Record-keeping and Communication” category on the Administration page within AVMA’s Practice Management section of the website.

One thought on “Is your practice ready for December 1, 2013?

  1. OSHA Compliance can be one of the biggest hurdles of owning a veterinary practice. There are resources out there, but unfortunately not all of them are standardized. It would be great to have standardized documentation and videos that are guarenteed to meet OSHA compliance. It would be helpful to have the AVMA more involved with this aspect of veterinary medicine.

    Dr. Deanna Pegg
    Kama’aina Pet Hospital