Derek Warneke
Derek Warneke January 28, 2019

Opioids and Fentanyl: Preventing Occupational Exposure to New Threats

Fentanyl represents one of the strongest opiate drugs that has transitioned from medicinal to illicit use. At 50 to 100 times the potency of morphine, even very low exposure levels can be dangerous, especially when unknowingly contracted. 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.

In such environments, it’s critical to understand how to identify threats, possible methods of exposure, and range of symptoms should a worker come into accidental contact with fentanyl. It’s also imperative to select appropriate PPE to ensure workers are safe, secure and able to perform critical tasks.

The risk is real; that’s why Ansell offers a variety of tested hand and body protection solutions to help protect against accidental exposure to fentanyl.

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