Guidelines for Hazards in the Workplace

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It is incumbent on the veterinarian who is an employer to inform all employees or volunteers regarding the job hazards that may affect the health of employees or volunteers in the veterinary practice in which they are employed. Those hazards are listed as physical, chemical, and biological.

Federal law requires that each veterinary practice with at least one employee design and implement a written plan that describes how each workplace complies with the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and other OSHA regulations, as applicable. (See: www.osha.gov) Veterinary employers should also become familiar with the occupational hazard laws of their own state, understand the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Title VII, and state statutes which specifically regulate family leave policies.

See also: Veterinary Facility Occupational Risks for Pregnant Workers

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