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Manager’s Guide to Veterinary Workplace Safety, Second Edition

by Philip J. Seibert Jr., CVT

Ensure the safety of your practice team in the workplace with this comprehensive guide to veterinary-specific OSHA standards. Includes customizable checklists and templates.

$79.95 Member
$94.95 Nonmember

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Show employees you care about their safety—and reduce your chances of litigation and worker’s compensation claims—with this veterinary practice–specific program. While saving time with checklists, call-outs, and other efficiencies, this program exceeds OSHA regulations in covering all significant veterinary hospital hazards.
Written by a veterinary professional, this manager’s guide conveniently compiles applicable OSHA standards into one clear-communicating resource, so managers can easily get started on creating their compliant safety plan. Includes helpful checklists and a companion website with dozens of useful templates to help you generate practice-specific policies and letters.
Philip J. Seibert Jr., CVT, is a certified veterinary technician with more than 32 years of experience in the profession, specializing in safety and regulatory issues. He is a full-time author, speaker, and consultant.


1. Getting Started
Consider Hiring a Consultant
Educate Yourself
Make an Action List
Take It One Step (and Topic) at a Time
Train, Train, Train
Reevaluate and Adjust
Create a Safety Manual

2. Rights and Responsibilities
The Employer's Rights
The Employer's Responsibilities
The Staff Member's Rights.
The Staff Member's Responsibilities

3. Special Situations
Multiple-Employer Workplaces
Independent Contractors and Volunteers

4. Assessing and Addressing Hazards in the Workplace
The Hazard Assessment
The Safety Committee
Solving Safety Problems
Personal Protective Equipment
Ensuring Staff Cooperation
Safety and the Pregnant Staff Member

5. OSHA Administrative Requirements
General Requirements
Work-Related Accident and Illness

6. OSHA Training Requirements
Training Topic Areas
Training Fundamentals
Leadership’s Role in Successful Training
Make Training Replicable
Secrets to Successful Training Sessions and Meetings

7. General Safety Issues
Breaks and Meals
Heating Devices
Fire and Emergency Precautions
Security and Violence Protection

8. Chemicals
Identifying Hazardous Chemicals
The Hazardous Chemical Plan
General Safety Guidelines
Disposal of Chemicals
Special Chemicals

9. Animal Care and Disease Control
Animal Care
Zoonotic Diseases and Pathogens

10. Biomedical Waste
Defining Biomedical Waste
Handling Sharps, Syringes, and Needles

11. Radiology
Machine Installation and Shielding
Written Programs and Procedures
Radiation Safety Training
Personnel Monitoring
Personal Protective Equipment
The Darkroom
Digital Radiology

12. Anesthesia
Procedural Controls
Machine Operation
Machine Maintenance
Scavenger Systems
Special Procedures
Monitoring Staff Exposure
Staff Training
Compressed Gas Tanks
Nitrous Oxide

13. Pharmacy and Laboratory Hazards
General Precautions
Chemotherapy Drugs
Laboratory Hazards

Appendix A: States and Territories with Approved Occupational Safety and Health Plans
Appendix B: OSHA Area Offices
Appendix C: Answers to the DVD Workbook Test Questions
Appendix D: Additional Resources
Appendix E: Companion Website Contents

“I rely on Phil Seibert and the Manager's Guide to Veterinary Workplace Safety to ensure that I am keeping our safety standards current. The new edition is timely and just as easy to follow as the first. It makes both implementing a new program and updating an existing one much easier than wading through the vast requirements of OSHA.”
Cindy Remick, CVPM, Edmonds Veterinary Hospital, Edmonds, Washington