Workplace Overdose Information
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Should your organization carry naloxone in your First Aid kit?
Responding to an Opioid Overdose at Work
Develop policies and procedures to ensure employees are informed when they respond to an overdose
- Developing an Opioid Overdose Response Protocol: Information for Workplaces (PDS, 2018)
- Post this sign in your bathroom to remind staff, clients or patrons how to identify an overdose and that naloxone is available onsite.
Risks of responding to an Opioid Overdose at Work
The risk of inadvertent exposure to fentanyl for staff responding to an opioid overdose in their workplace is extremely low. Routine precautions and overdose prevention training are sufficient for managing the risk of unintended fentanyl exposure while responding.*
*Ministry of Health, British Columbia. (2017). Guidance statement regarding Personal Protective Equipment for Emergency Medical Services and Health Care Workers dealing with overdose victims. Retrieved from: https://www.fentanylsafety.com/wp/content/uploads/UpdatedGuidance-statement-PPE-EMS-HCW-Jan2017.pdf