Safety Around Animals, Particularly Dogs

Policy

Category: Health and Safety
Subject: Safety Around Animals, Particularly Dogs
Division: N/A
Policy Number: CA.56.01.122
Effective Date: Mar. 29, 2011

POLICY STATEMENT

The Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) recognizes the hazard associated with the interaction with animals. This interaction may be required as part of your employment or it may occur without prior knowledge or warning. WDGPH is committed to protecting their employees from injury or illness caused by animals. WDGPH is committed to eliminate or reduce the hazard of animal bites.

DEFINITIONS

Potential high-risk categories or situations:

  • Repeat offending animal or animal owner;
  • Animal with prior violent behaviour;
  • Multiple animals on site;
  • Remote location, which may present communication challenges; and
  • Other issues which make you feel uncomfortable.

APPROVED BY

Carole Desmeules 


Procedure

Category: Health and Safety
Subject: Safety Around Animals, Particularly Dogs
Division: N/A
Procedure Number: CA.56.02.122 
Effective Date: Mar. 29, 2011

PROCEDURE

  1. Managers must ensure all employees review and understand the Animal (Dog) Bite Prevention training document.
  2. Prior to the client visit, employees must ask about animals or pets which may be present.  If the animal has been known to bite, or has the potential to be in a high-risk category or situation, ask the clients to restrain the animal.
  3. After initial contact and/or completion of the assessment, if the employee feels the situation may be unsafe and/or meets the high-risk category as defined in the policy, they should notify their manager to discuss options. Options may include but are not limited to, having another colleague or external agency present during the assessment or assess the client at a different location.  In the situation where it is the animal to be assessed, determine if the assessment can be done from the car. 
  4. If the employee feels unsafe at any time during his/her visit, leave the premise as safely as possible and notify your manager.
  5. If an incident should occur, employee must attend to their personal health needs.  Wash the wound thoroughly and seek immediate medical attention at emergency or family physician, especially if the skin is broken.  Call 911 if required.  Employee must contact their Manager as soon as possible.  
  6. Should an incident occur, follow policy CA.56.01.113 Incident Reporting.

 

APPROVED BY

Carole Desmeules