It’s important to protect yourself and your employees from accidental injection when medicating or vaccinating cattle. “By using precautions and common sense, the potential for accidental injection can be minimized,” says Helen Schledewitz with the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University.

Share these safe-handling guidelines with your employees:

  • Do not use automatic-powered syringes when injecting medications that are toxic to humans.
  • Do not carry loaded syringes in your pants or coat pocket.
  • Do not leave loaded syringes on the seat of a vehicle.
  • Always load the syringe in the work area.
  • Cap the syringe if it is not going to be used immediately.