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Courses and Events for Health Care

Clearing the air of surgical plume: Hazards, risks, standards, and solutions new item

When: Saturday, March 21, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Where: Alma VanDusen Room
Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C.

WorkSafeBC is pleased to present a free seminar with internationally recognized perioperative occupational health and safety expert Penny Smalley, RN, CMLSO of Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, the Canadian Standards Association released standard Z305.13 Plume scavenging in surgical, diagnostic, therapeutic, and aesthetic settings. Penny will provide an overview of the hazards of surgical smoke, best practices to reduce staff exposure, and strategies for initiating and maintaining a smoke-free workplace program that is compliant with national standards.

This two-hour session will benefit anyone working in a healthcare practice with energy-based devices (lasers, diathermy, ultrasonic instruments, etc.), including physicians, surgeons, nurses, technicians, veterinarians, ophthalmologists, estheticians, and students, as well as infection control and occupational health and safety practitioners.

The seminar is free, but registration is required. To register, please email your name and organization to by Monday, March 2, 2015.

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