Emergency medical services (EMS) providers, firefighters, and law enforcement personnel are among those who may encounter illicitly-manufactured drugs during their work. Given the potential for exposure to these drugs and the hazardous substances used to produce them, it is important that workers in these industries understand how to protect themselves. The Worker Training Program (WTP) has developed an awareness-level training tool on the prevention of occupational exposure to fentanyl and other opioids. Several WTP awardees have also developed training courses for workers who may be involved in a methamphetamine (meth) lab discovery or a meth lab cleanup. These resources are found below, along with additional health and safety resources related to occupational exposure to opioids and the hazards associated with clandestine meth labs.
The National Clearinghouse creates training tools to aid in the development of awareness-level courses or other awareness-level materials. These tools provide health and safety guidance to those involved in disaster response and cleanup activities.
Fentanyl and Other Opioids Training Tool
- Opioids Training Tool Fact Sheet(3.8MB)
- Prevention of Occupational Exposure to Fentanyl and Other Opioids(41MB)
- Prevention of Occupational Exposure to Fentanyl and Other Opioids(4MB)
WTP Awardee Resources
- Alabama Fire College
- International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
- Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training
- OAI, Inc.
- Western Region Universities Consortium (WRUC)
Other NIEHS Resources
Federal Links and Documents
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- Fentanyl: Protecting Workers at Risk
- Opioids in the Workplace
- Science Blog: Fentanyl Exposure Risks for Law Enforcement and Emergency Response Workers
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)
- InterAgency Board Recommendations on Selection and Use of PPE and Decontamination Products for First Responders Against Exposure Hazards to Synthetic Opioids, Including Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogues
- Office of National Drug Control Policy: Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders
State/Local Links and Documents
- Massachusetts Health Officers Association and Education Development Center: Opioid Toolkit
- North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: Fentanyl Safety for First Responders
Please refer to your state or local health department website for additional guidance on health risks related to occupational exposure to opioids and other illicit drugs.
Other Links and Documents
- Justice Institute of British Columbia: Fentanyl Safety for First Responders
- National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic