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Delegates To Learn How To Put Health And Safety Into Practice

13 years ago

4th February, 2009 00h00

NEXT month’s Health and Safety Course organised by the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) will focus on equipping practices with the skills and knowledge needed to stay up to speed with the latest regulations and their applications. According to research by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), if a health and safety policy is implemented and carried out correctly, then the vast majority (over 70%) of CEOs and over 60% of managers believe that it will at least save them money in the long-term by preventing avoidable accidents. The course, which runs over two standalone days from March 5-6, will cover subjects such as radiation and anaesthesia protection, the safe disposal of medical waste including syringes and other disposable instruments, effective cleaning of the practice, particularly the theatre, and correct manual handling techniques. Other areas under the spotlight are employment contracts, the Working Time Directive, fire and risk assessments and Clinical Governance. Course organiser Ewan McNeill explained: “This course is invaluable for anyone working in practice. Keeping up to date with health and safety regulations will not only improve the working environment but could also save money by preventing avoidable problems.” Guest speakers include Mike Brown of Citation’s Fire Safety Executive, John Hird, a leading expert in veterinary anaesthetics, Lorraine Corby, a manual handling trainer and veterinary nurse, as well as an HSE inspector for the Q and A session. The workshop will take place from March 5 to 6 at the Holiday Inn in Haydock, Merseyside. The cost per day, which includes lunch, refreshments and a CPD certificate, is £175 plus VAT for SPVS, BSAVA and BVNA members and £200 plus VAT for non SPVS/ BSAVA/BVNA members. For more information, and to book your place, please contact the SPVS office on 01926 410 454 or email

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