Fentanyl and High-Potency Drugs Operational Safety


Intermediate | Competent
Sunday, October 27, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
CM Credit Hours: 7 


Biosafety, Emergency Preparedness & Response, Risk Assessment and Management


Are personnel in your organization at risk of accidental exposure to high potency drugs in the workplace? Do you know the risks associated with Fentanyl and other high potency drugs? Are appropriate measures in place to safely handle, process, and secure high potency drugs? Do you know what actions to take in case of unprotected contact or medical emergency? This course is designed to provide an understanding of the dangers of high potency drugs, precautions for protection against exposure, how to identify overexposure, and respond in emergencies.

*Registration includes breakfast & boxed luncheon.

**Please note: power strips will not be provided at each attendee's seat; however, charging stations for laptops will be provided in each course room. 

Value Added 

Participants will receive a high potency drug occupational risk assessment matrix, a list of references, and a slide set.


  • Upon completion, participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of opiate chemistry and pharmacology.
  • Explain key factors of the opioid epidemic in North America.
  • Describe the supply chains for opiates and potential occupational exposures.
  • Explain exposure dynamics in workplace settings.
  • Use proxy variables to judge exposure risk potential. 
  • Determine appropriate protection practices.
  • Choose appropriate decontamination practices.
  • Define symptoms of overexposure.
  • Outline steps for occupational exposure emergency response.


  • Basics of Opiate Chemistry and Pharmacology
  • The Opioid Epidemic and Fentanyl in North America
  • Supply Chains and Implications for Occupational Exposures
  • Exposure Dynamics in Workplace Settings
  • Exposure and Health Risk Assessment
  • Protection Practices for Various Exposure Settings
  • Decontamination Practices
  • Symptoms of Overexposure
  • Emergency Response 

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants’ understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Group activities
  • Post-course test​


Your Instructor

John Murph​y, PhD, ROH, CIH
Resource EHS, Cambridge, MA

Dr. John H. Murph​y is President and Founder of REA, a health and safety consultancy with operations in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. He has 33 years professional experience, over which time his firm has completed more than 16,000 assignments for 3,000+ organizations. In addition to consulting practice he is an Adjunct Professor (Occupational & Environmental Health) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and has also provided occupational hygiene qualification training to armed forces personnel for more than a decade.