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Unattended Death - Overdose

Thursday, December 13, 2018   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Thomas Licker
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One of the most dangerous jobs these days is Bio Recovery Mitigation. As the overdose rates start to explode, we find ourselves on the font lines of having to deal with the environmental clean-up. American BIo Recovery Association (ABRA) representatives have been working hand and hand with the industries best Industrial Hygienists to come up with sound and professional guidance when dealing with the First Responder risks of exposure and those dealing with the environmental contamination; This often accompanies an unattended death.  Synthetic Opioids such Fentanyl and its analogs present an Immediate Danger to Life and Health (IDLH) condition in impacted spaces such as dwellings and vehicles.  Cross-contamination from extracting the living or diseased from the dwelling to the recovery unit or final resting place should be considered.  

There can be several routes of exposure: Dermal contact; ingestion; inhalation and soft tissues etc.  You add the potential exposure of HIV, Hepatitis and other Bloodborne risks and you have a potential for disaster if you do not know or understand the proper procedures for addressing the scene or protecting yourself, your staff and your loved ones from cross-contamination. 

Minimum Training and Education for Contractors that respond to such events should include 

OSHA 1910.120  Hazardous Waster Operations and Emergency Response or a CBRNE international equivalent 

OSHA 1910.1030 Bloodborne Pathogens or international equivalent. 

ABRA CBRT Certified Bio Recovery Technician

Its not just blood.  If you are a contractor in the Bio Recovery industry, think twice before you decide to take that call from an uninformed or misleading property owner and run out to assess the scene because the next unintended death could be your own! 

The Amount of Opioid it Takes to cause an overdose in an adult human.  SOURCE: WMUR

CDC Opioid Reports

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Andrew P. Yurchuck says...
Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Drug labs are not for the uninformed! Great article!

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