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  1. Occupational Health and Safety Issues in Veterinary Practice Mary E. Miller, MN, ARNP Dept. of Labor & Industries WISHA Policy & Technical Services

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

  3. Compliance Inspections • Unannounced • Fatality/Catastrophe • Complaint from worker • Scheduled • Citations with abatement required • Penalties for serious hazards • Appeals process

  4. Consultation and Education • Free, confidential • Telephone or on-site • If serious hazards found must be fixed • On-site training • Workshops • Film Library • Signs/posters/brochures

  5. 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 employees

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

  7. Accident Prevention Program,WAC 296-24-040 ...tailored to needs and hazards of individual facilities • Overall Safety Program • On-the-job review of practices necessary to perform duties safely • Training • Personal Protective Equipment • Injury Reporting • Emergency Actions • Safety Committees

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

  9. 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 Total 4 4 0 4 6 18 Number of Consultation Visits, 1994-1998

  10. 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 Total 28 3 6 5 15 57 Number of Compliance Visits, 1994-1998

  11. 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

  12. Washington State Worker Comp Data, Accepted Claims 1994-1998

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

  14. Animals - 1,572 (74%) (including birds, reptiles, insects) Bodily Motion - 47 Building or Furnishings - 44 Chemicals - 51 Containers - 64 (boxes, bags, etc). Doors - 21 Floor/ground/stairs - 98 (5%) Highway Vehicle - 10 Infectious Agent - 15 Needle - 25 Non-pwr knife/tool - 45 Other - 81 Unknown - 36 Source of Injury, 1994-1999A

  15. 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

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