ACVC 2019: What to do if OSHA comes for you

November 6, 2019
Brandon Hess, CVPM, CCFP

Brandon Hess, CVPM, CCFP, is an associate consultant for Tassava Consulting and Management Support.

Find out the most common violations cited in an OSHA safety inspection

Is your veterinary clinic Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) compliant? Does your practice have an OHSA compliance plan in place? "Yes" or "no," you can benefit from learning more about some of the most common OSHA violations.

At this year's Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference (ACVC), Brandon Hess, CVPM, CCFP, associate consultant at practice management consulting company VetSupport, told dvm360 that the No. 1 reason for an OSHA inspection is a disgruntled employee who's filed a complaint. Next in line are excessive injuries and excessive violations. But surprisingly, food and drink violations rank at the top of the list, he explained.

“Food should never be consumed in any area that an animal is in, sick or healthy...because even healthy animals can carry zoonotic things on their paws," Hess said.

In this video, he also explains that drinking stations should be placed far away from any potential hazards.