Recorded at AIHce EXP 2021
Biomonitoring and Environmental Exposure Assessment for Unintentional Occupational Exposure to Illicit Drugs at State Police Laboratories
Forensic scientists handle a diverse set of evidence that is submitted by multiple law enforcement agencies. Assessing occupational exposures to illicit drugs often focuses on environmental sampling. This investigation looked at not only environmental sampling, but biomonitoring of forensic scientists to determine exposure from all routes to cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, and methamphetamine. This study is a substantial addition to the scientific body of work about unintentional exposure to illicit drugs in law enforcement.
Co-Authors: S Chiu, NIOSH, Cincinnati OH D Jackson, CDC, Atlanta, GA J Li, NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH R Kirkby, Lansing, MI
Presenter/Author: Kendra Broadwater, NIOSH Cincinnati, OH
NIEHS, Worker Training Program, Opioids and the Workplace Leadership Training Program
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Training Program has developed three training programs for workers, employers, and the community about occupational risk factors for opioid misuse, and addiction. The "Opioids and the Workplace: Leadership Program" is a six-hour interactive course in PowerPoint format, and includes six large and small group activities. Associated materials include three fact sheets a resource list. The program uses the public health model of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention, focusing on injury prevention (primary), access to appropriate treatment for injured workers (secondary), and access to support for treatment or recovery (tertiary). Factors that discourage workers with mental health and substance use problems from seeking help such as punitive drug policies, stigmatizing workplace culture, and negative peer pressure are also addressed. Effectiveness of employee assistance programs and establishment of peer advocacy programs are considered. The course concludes with action planning, guiding participants to begin outlining steps they can take specific to their workplace. The curriculum was peer reviewed by NIEHS grantees that include academic, community-based, and labor organizations that are funded to develop and conduct occupational safety and health training. Sister federal agencies also participated in the peer review process. Two pilot programs were conducted to develop and test the curriculum.
Presenter/Author: Jonathan Rosen, MS. CIH, National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training Schenectady, NY