Protect Workers from Fentanyl Exposure with New Resources from NIOSH

May 29, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has updated several of its resources for workers exposed to illicit fentanyl. A new page from NIOSH provides best practices in training and personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers in hospital and clinic settings. NIOSH had previously released a resource page for protecting emergency responders from fentanyl exposure. Healthcare personnel at risk for exposure to illicit fentanyl include nurses, nursing assistants, doctors, technicians, therapists, phlebotomists, pharmacists, and students. Even workers not directly involved in patient care, such as clerical staff, environmental services staff, and security, are at risk of exposure to fentanyl, NIOSH said.

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