Health and Safety in a Veterinary Clinic | La santé et la sécurité dans une clinique vétérinaire


[SUPER]: Health and Safety in a Veterinary Clinic [TITLE: Jenna; Health and Safety Inspector, Ministry of Labour]: Hi, I’m Jenna, an occupational health and safety inspector with the Ontario Ministry of Labour. [TITLE: Jenna; Health and Safety Inspector, Ministry of Labour]: Today, I’m at a veterinary clinic to conduct a workplace inspection. [TITLE: Jenna; Health and Safety Inspector, Ministry of Labour]: I’ll be checking for compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations to ensure that worker health and safety is protected. [TITLE: Jenna; Health and Safety Inspector, Ministry of Labour]: Hi there, thank you for joining me on the inspection today. [TITLE: Jenna; Health and Safety Inspector, Ministry of Labour]: Why don’t we start with taking a look at your health and safety board? [Veterinarian]: Great, thank you. Follow me. [VO]: Health and safety boards should be posted in a common area accessible to all workers. [VO]: Employers are required to post their health and safety policy, a copy of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Ministry of Labour prevention poster, and the names and locations of the joint health and safety committee members. [TITLE: Jenna; Health and Safety Inspector, Ministry of Labour]: What practices are in place to prevent back injury and strains? [VO]: Employers must provide training and implement controls to minimize ergonomic-related hazards caused by lifting large or heavy animals, restraining animals and awkward postures. [TITLE: Jenna; Health and Safety Inspector, Ministry of Labour]: So can you tell me how workers have been trained in chemical safety? [TITLE: Jenna; Health and Safety Inspector, Ministry of Labour]: And are Safety Data Sheets available? [VO]: Workers must be trained to safely use chemicals. [VO]: Labels and safety data sheets must be available. [VO]: An eyewash station must be readily available and workers must be trained on its use. [TITLE: Jenna; Health and Safety Inspector, Ministry of Labour]: What infection prevention and control measures are in place to protect workers? [VO]: Workers must follow appropriate infection prevention and control practices. [VO]: This includes proper hand hygiene, correct use of personal protective equipment and safe handling and disposal of sharps and other biomedical waste. [TITLE: Jenna; Health and Safety Inspector, Ministry of Labour]: Have you registered the x-ray machine with the Ministry of Labour’s Radiation Protection Service? [Veterinarian]: Yes, we have. [TITLE: Jenna; Health and Safety Inspector, Ministry of Labour]: Great. So what do workers wear to protect themselves from the hazard of radiation when taking x-rays? [VO]: Safe work practices for x-ray sources must be implemented. [VO]: Dosimeters and personal protective equipment must be worn by the worker. [VO]: The x-ray source must be registered with the Ministry of Labour. [TITLE: Jenna; Health and Safety Inspector, Ministry of Labour]: So can you tell me what would happen if you got injured in the workplace? [Veterinarian]: I would first start by notifying my supervisor and then seeking medical attention. [Veterinarian]: And then we would fill out an incident report. [TITLE: Jenna; Health and Safety Inspector, Ministry of Labour]: We all have the right to work in a safe and healthy environment. [TITLE: Jenna; Health and Safety Inspector, Ministry of Labour]: For more information on your rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act please visit our website at Ontario.ca/labour. [SUPER]: Ministry of Labour Health and Safety Contact Centre, 1-877-202-0008, ontario.ca/labour [VO]: Thank you to the Allandale Veterinary Hospital in Barrie, Ontario, for participating in the making of this video.

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