Tag: first responder safety

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NIOSH Investigates Hospital, Ergonomic, and Opioid Hazards

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) fielded 221 requests for Health Hazard Evaluations (HHEs) in 2018, according to a recently released annual report. The 34 HHE reports published last year examined hazards ranging from hospital disinfectants and repetitive pharmacy tasks to emergency responders’ exposure to opioids.

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Fentanyl Exposure: Protecting First Responders

The current opioid epidemic, which is being fueled by the synthetic opioid fentanyl, has created a heightened danger for enforcement, fire, rescue, and emergency medical first responders who arrive at the scene of overdoses (ODs), traffic stops, arrests, and searches.