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As an Employer you are primarily responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and supporting legislation your responsibilities include the:
The existence of a appropriate Health and Safety policies, risk assessments and communication to employees is a specific requirement under the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme.
To comply with the COSHH Regulations and to protect the health of staff you must ensure that levels of personal exposure to anaesthetic gases and vapours in the work place are consistently below the Work Exposure Limits (WELs) that apply and are ideally as low as is ‘reasonably practicable’.
Having an appropriate annual anaesthetic monitoring program in place is also a specific requirement for RCVS Practice Standards and Training practices and is strongly advised by the HSE. An integral part of this process is to ensure that the Vets and Nurses in the Practice are not exposed to anaesthetic vapours. Regular monitoring of anaesthetic gases in the workplace is fundimental to the assessment of specific exposure levels.
Personal monitoring is the approved method of determining personal anaesthetic exposure.