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Occupational Health and Safety in Veterinary Medicine - Chapter Summary
This chapter discusses the typical hazards that employees may face while working in the field of veterinary medicine. Our instructors will illustrate the common risks of working with animals and the ways in which work can be performed safely to minimize danger. This chapter will explain how to handle sharp objects and demonstrate the types of protection that can be used to prevent injuries.
In addition, you'll discover how to protect yourself against radiation and anesthetics. You'll also be able to differentiate among the physical, biological, and chemical hazards of veterinary medicine. By the time you've completed this chapter, you'll know how to:
- Identify electrical hazards presented in veterinary offices
- Discuss dangers and proper handling of needles and syringes
- Show how protective equipment can reduce the risk of injury on the job
- Explain the dangers of radiation and anesthetics and how to minimize the risks of each
- Name chemical and biological hazards and protection tactics for each
- Describe the common physical hazards of veterinary medicine
You'll develop a thorough understanding of each concept as you follow along with our comprehensive video lessons. Each is led by a professional instructor and offers an accompanying quiz, which you may use to test your knowledge of the topics featured in the chapter. Lesson transcripts and keyword links are also available for you to strengthen your knowledge of the content. To revisit a particular topic, simply use our video tags to jump that point in the lesson without having to re-watch it from the start.
1. General Veterinary Workplace Safety & Hazards
This lesson will go over general workplace safety tips and hazards found in the veterinary clinic pertaining to physical injuries, electricity, and your eyes.
2. Handling Sharp Objects in Veterinary Medicine
This lesson will cover the dangers of sharps in a veterinary setting, how they should be disposed of and how they should be handled for maximum safety. After the video, be sure to check out the quiz questions for practice.
3. The Hazards of Working With Animals
This lesson discusses the common dangers and preventative measures you can take to protect against yourself the hazards of working with animals through the use of personal protective equipment.
4. Radiation Safety in Veterinary Medicine
This lesson will go over what kind of radiation you may be exposed to, what it may cause, and important general radiation safety advice to follow in a veterinary hospital.
5. Anesthetic Hazards and Precautions in a Veterinary Practice
This lesson will outline the dangers of working with gas anesthetics and things you can do to protect yourself from these potential hazards. It will also cover important terms like vaporizer, soda lime, and more.
6. Common Chemical Hazards in a Veterinary Practice
This lesson will go over important points related to the hazards and safety of chemicals used in veterinary practice: such as the right to know law and how to safely handle chemicals. A short quiz follows.
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