C. Safety equipment for employees cleaning kennels

HSUS ’01 – 2.3 GENERAL SAFETY ISSUES

Observations:

In accordance with the Texas Workforce Commission’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations, a “Hazard Communication Program” is required and must be functioning within the DAC facilities.

Several staff members related that the City of Dallas has provided basic safety training for agency employees. This training is meant to be offered upon initial employment and then updated periodically on an “as needed” basis. There is, however, no formal documentation maintained in either agency or employee files that shows training for basic CPR, First Aid, and the use of a fire extinguisher.

Staff either has not received adequate training in the importance of wearing personal protective equipment, or has not been held accountable for its proper use. Kennel workers were regularly observed cleaning in the kennels and cat rooms wearing gloves but without goggles or ear protection.

Staff at neither facility knew what Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) were or the location of the “Employee Right to Know” station. The Deputy Manager is responsible for OSHA compliance, and there was one black binder in his office. This binder, representing the “Employee Right to Know” data, contained material safety data sheets and important safety materials, but was not complete, not alphabetized (making location of information in an emergency unnecessarily difficult,) and not up-to date. For example, the MSDS binder did not contain information on many of the products or chemicals currently in use, such as the euthanasia solution Fatal Plus®. There was no current “Employee Right to Know” station at either facility.

Recommendations:

Once a safety training plan has been developed, ongoing instruction and supervisory commitment must continue to maintain safety as a priority within DAC.1 The DAC must update and maintain “Employee Right to Know” stations at both facilities. These should include items such as:

< Material Safety Data Sheets

< Accident report forms

< Where to seek emergency medical treatment

< Safety hazard reporting and maintenance request forms

Information that must be provided to an employee on the first day could be incorporated into a

“Safety Training Manual” that would include information such as:

< How to read a Material Safety Data Sheet

< Locations of the “Right to Know” stations

< How to use the security system

< Locations of emergency exits and fire extinguishers

< How to report an injury or safety hazard

< Employee responsibilities such as wearing personal protective equipment

< Locations of eye wash stations and how to use them

< Proper second labeling of hazardous materials

< Emergency evacuation procedures

< Use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

< Zoonosis prevention and transmission

Types of training to be provided at the time of hire should include topics such as:

< Animal handling

< Proper lifting

< How to complete an accident report form

< How to report a maintenance problem

< Where to go for emergency medical treatment

< How to perform a decapitation

< How to use safety equipment, such as a fire extinguisher

< Zoonosis prevention

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