Video Depicts Proper Use of PPE to Prevent Exposures to Illicit Drugs
A new video released by NIOSH depicts the proper use of personal protective equipment to prevent occupational exposure to illicit drugs among emergency responders. The 12-minute video is intended to help responders understand the risks associated with these exposures and show what they can do to protect themselves by properly donning and doffing PPE. NIOSH developed the video in collaboration with the police and fire departments in Fredericksburg, Va. The video is available on the NIOSH website. The agency previously collaborated with the Fredericksburg police and fire departments to develop a video that includes real-life footage from a body camera worn by a police officer responding to an overdose call and shows what happens when an officer is exposed to illicit drugs such as fentanyl. The earlier NIOSH video from March 2019 shows that these exposures can result in lightheadedness, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and the rapid onset of life-threatening respiratory depression. First responders are at risk of inhalation; mucous membrane contact through nose, eye, and mouth; ingestion; and dermal and needlestick exposure to illicit drugs. To watch the March 2019 video, visit the NIOSH website.