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Leigh Duffy
Leigh Duffy October 30, 2018

Fentanyl Risks Put Focus on Hand Protection in Many Environments

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic drug that is similar to morphine and heroin but 50 – 100X more potent. Capable of causing overdoses even through incidental contact, whether inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin, fentanyl and its equivalents are members of the class of drugs known as rapid-acting synthetic opioids that alleviate pain. Increasing rates of usage and addiction to fentanyl are placing everyone from first responders, law enforcement, janitors/maintenance staff and many more at a greater risk of accidental exposure. Just 2-3 milligrams of fentanyl (the equivalent in size to 5-7 grains of table salt) can cause an overdose. To determine the appropriate level of necessary PPE, a thorough risk assessment should be employed to establish the potential level of exposure and risk associated with this powerful synthetic drug. Based on fentanyl risk exposure scenarios, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and IAB published PPE matrices that offer guidance on selecting respiratory, face and eye, hand and dermal protection. Ansell is here to help you fend off fentanyl with our tested solutions.