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Case Studies in Emergency Preparedness - Focus on Training (AIHce EXP 2019 OnDemand)

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Recorded at AIHce EXP 2019


Current Opioids Responder Working Group Projects Relevant to Responder Safety

As the country deals with the opioid crisis (115 Americans dying every day), AIHA is working to ensure that its membership has the tools and information to meet this crisis. The Opioid Working Group provides technical resources to the IH/OH and emergency responder communities. The Opioid WG is working to develop materials to assist in the protection of responders including police, fire, EMS and others who are on the frontlines of response to opioid-related incidents whether illicit operations or provision of healthcare. There is an immense amount of literature available on America's opioid issue, but the responder-related information is not consistent and evolves with some irregularity.

Co-Authors / Acknowledgements & References

Amir Rasheed, Med Division, Personnel Bureau, NYC Police Department, Corona, NY, USA. Robert Kirkby, CIH, Forensic Science Division, Michigan State Police, Lansing, MI, USA.


Mr. Peter Harnett, MS, MPH, CIH, CSP, Leidos, Inc. Ringoes, NJ

United States of America

NIEHS Prevention of Occupational Exposure to Opioids Awareness Level Training

From 1999-2016, more than 350,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid, including prescription and illicit opioids. Emergency responders, law enforcement, forensic laboratorians, and environmental clean-up workers need information, training and protective programs. The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program has developed a four hour, awareness level, interactive, worker training program entitled Occupational Exposure to Fentanyl and Other Opioids. The target audience are workers, supervisors, and managers in occupations with potential for occupational exposure to fentanyl and other opioids such as emergency medical services (EMS), law enforcement, laboratory, healthcare, and environmental clean-up workers. The information is useful for educating a broad array of industries and occupations being impacted due to workplace injury and the over prescribing of opioids that have lead to misuse, addiction, and death.

Co-Authors / Acknowledgements & References

National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Durham, NC, USA.


Jonathan Rosen, MS, CIH, National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety & Health Training Schenectady, NY

United States of America

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