DEMYSTIFYING OSHA: TRAINING THE OSHA PROGRAM COORDINATOR AND BUILDING THE SAFETY MANUAL
The information on this page outlines the OSHA Program Coordinator's training course, which is phase one of the VetMedTeam Demystifying OSHA: Veterinary Practice Compliance and Training Program. If you have not already viewed the master page for the program, just click on the title in the preceding sentence.
If your practice is part of a group of practices, either privately or corporately owned, please note the information in the pricing area regarding OSHA requirements for multiple locations and the enrollment fees.
Phase One: Enrolling the OSHA Program Coordinator
Practice enrollment into the program begins with enrolling the practice's OSHA Program Coordinator via the enrollment buttons on this page. Please review the sections of this page as it contains important information.
Phase Two: Enrolling the Team
Practice team members can be enrolled into their separate course after the OSHA Program Coordinator has completed phase one.
|Continuing Education Credits
Course meets the requirements for 24 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.
This course is applicable for 20 CE credits toward the continuing education requirement for the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager program offered by the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA).
RACE Subject Category: Non-Medical; Delivery Method: Interactive Distance; Program Number 57-36971.
VetMedTeam is approved as a New York State sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
VetMedTeam is approved as a Florida state sponsor of continuing education for veterinarians. The Florida Medical Board does not recognize technicians and therefore only addresses veterinarian CE requirements.
|Student Membership Profiles
In order to participate in any VetMedTeam courses, the student must have a personal profile, with a unique USERname and password. This allows our system to enroll individuals, track their progress, and issue personalized completion certificates.
The profile system does not have the option of creating a practice profile.
The person who will be the practice's OSHA Program Coordinator must be the student enrolled into this course. Please do not enroll the owner or the practice manager unless they will be heading up the program.
Each team member also needs to submit a profile form in preparation for the team training portion. If a member of your team believes they have a profile but cannot remember their log in, just have them email email@example.com.
|Course Focus - Learning Objectives - Completion Requirements
Demystifying OSHA: Training the OSHA Program Coordinator and Building the Safety Manual is designed to address the training requirements of the OSHA Program Coordinator as well as help to implement OSHA protocols and to build the Safety Manual.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to discuss OSHA requirements and their impact on veterinary practices, including OSHA inspections and how fines are calculated. In addition, the student will have developed the practice's safety manual, utilizing the program's step-by-step creation components, under the guidance of a regulatory expert. The student will be able to implement full practice compliance protocols, including OSHA mandated documented team training. Lastly, the course will help the student, and practice, provide a safer and healthier work environment.
Instructor Graded Assignments: Designed specifically to aid the student, via a step-by-step series of assignments, in the development of practice OSHA protocols and the creation of the Safety Manual
Final Exam: Must be submitted with a score of 80% or better, multiple attempts are allowed
A certificate of completion is provided along with directions on how to enroll team members in their training course.
|Flexible Open Enrollment and the Activity Requirements
This course is designed to be as schedule friendly as possible as we understand it can be hard to fit interactive CE into an already busy life. Open enrollment allows students to enroll in this course at any time. Students can expect to be able to access their course with 48 hours of enrollment submission.
The participant is not expected to be online in the course at any specific times as there are no real time lectures. The instructor will respond to an assignment submission, or a forum question, within 48 hours, with extended time for holidays.
In order to remain in the course, a student must post assignments for grading on a regular, frequent, basis. Module or final exams, or just logging into the course, does not meet this requirement. As long as the participant continues to make regular progress, course access time is not set to a specific deadline.
However, the course is not designed to take months to complete. If 30 days elapses without submitted assignment activity, the student will be removed from the course and graded as incomplete, as the lack of activity will indicate the student wishes to drop the course.
But What If Something Comes Up?
There are times that students will have situations that interfere with their ability to work the course on a regular basis. In that case an email to VetMedTeam, as soon as such a situation arises, will allow us to work with the student to adjust the time frame. It all comes down to communication.
|Course Materials and Technology Requirements
Reading content within the course is provided via PDF therefore the ability to download files and open PDFs is required.
Also, the forms required for the Safety Manual are provided within the course.
It is recommended that participants utilize a program such as MS Word to create, and save, their assignment submission to their computer. Then the information can be pasted into the assignment submission area.
In most assignments the student will need to download the required, provided, form and then upload it back into the assignment. In some situations this will require the ability to scan the completed form as a PDF in preparation to upload.
Chery Kendrick, DVM, MPVM, MLT, ASCP, CFS
Dr. Kendrick, a former large animal veterinarian, is a holistic practitioner, specializing in energy and herbal medicine modalities.
She currently is a regulatory specialist, (OSHA, DEA, EPA, etc.). Her company, VetOSHA.com, provides consulting and OSHA management services to clinicians and practice managers nationwide. She and her team are focused on helping practices become, and remain, current and compliant.
Dr. Kendrick is an award-winning speaker. Her presentations include topics such as:
- OSHA Compliance in the Veterinary Practice
- Zoonotics: The Epidemiological Crisis
- Let's Try Life Balance! Preventing Job Burnout
- Holistic Medicine and Your Practice: The Art of Integrative Medicine
- Maintaining Control in Your Practice: The Art of Management
- The Complete Life: The Path to Wellness and Mindfulness
Dr. Kendrick is a certified Mastermind Group Facilitator and Conducts OSHA Mastermind groups monthly for her clients, helping them to stay current on OSHA regulations, get the required paperwork completed, And network with other Practice Managers nationwide.
She makes her home in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Eastern TN, and the coastal mountains of Northern California, where she enjoys habitat restoration with her dog Aggy. She also is a hiker of the Smoky Mountains and the Pacific Coast Trail. She is an active member of the Smoky Mountain Green Team and Earth Justice Habitat Restoration Project. Nature and teaching keep her centered.
The enrollment fee for the Demystifying OSHA: Veterinary Practice Compliance and Training Program includes both this course, for the OSHA Program Coordinator and the team training course. Up to 25 team members may be enrolled in the course after the main course is completed, for up to one-year post completion.
|Multi-Location Factors and Program Pricing
Veterinary practices that have more than one location, regardless of ownership set-up, are required by OSHA to have each location independently compliant with an onsite OSHA Program Coordinator. Please access this document to learn more about the OSHA requirements for Multi-Location Practices.
The program fee of $595.00 is for one physical practice location only. The document link above includes the discounted pricing for multiple locations.