Opioids and Protection of Workers Involved in Opioid Response Webinar Recording

Date: Thursday, Sep. 26, 2019 - Thursday, Sep. 26, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EDT)
Event Type: Webinars, AIHA Webinars

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In addition to the significant risks opioids’ use poses, workers whose job responsibilities may result in exposure to opioids are not safe from its damaging effects.

What are the safest response measures these workers can adapt to conduct opioid-related work more safely?

This webinar will benefit opioid responders (including police officers, hazmat personnel, and forensic analysts), industrial hygienists involved in keeping American workers safe, EHS experts, and professionals concerned with the use of opioids in the workplace.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze potential exposure situations
  • Protect themselves from opioid exposure in the course of their workday
  • explore the efficacy of decontaminant solutions to clean opioid-related surfaces

Participants will also be provided the following data:

  • ​Quantity, concentrations, and make-up of some recent opioid seizures by Customs and Border Protection officers in major cities and at borders
  • Research results concerning dermal exposure to fentanyl
  • The NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluations regarding opioids


Peter Harnett, MS, MPH, CIH, CSP earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Cornell University and his two master’s degrees from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Mr. Harnett has over 25 years of relevant experience in the field of industrial hygiene and occupational health and safety. He is an accomplished EHS professional, trainer, and presenter with specific expertise in chemical, biological, laboratory safety, workplace inspections and has a strong background in risk assessments, chemical safety programs, audit, and project management. Peter is the current Chair of the AIHA Opioids Responder WG and has provided contracting/consulting services to EPA and two pharma companies on opioid-related issues.

Donna Heidel, CIH, FAIHA​ is the Industrial Hygiene Practice Leader for Apex Companies, LLC where she leads the development of industrial hygiene services to support the effective management of occupational health risks, including those associated with emerging technologies. Prior to her employment with Apex, she coordinated the Prevention through Design program at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Ms. Heidel also has experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including 15 years at Johnson & Johnson, as the World Wide Director of Industrial Hygiene. While at J&J, she supported the development and implementation of engineering containment and control systems for the synthesis and formulation of high-potency drugs. She is certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (CIH), and is an AIHA fellow. She also serves on the AIHA Board of Directors as the Treasurer-Elect. Ms. Heidel holds an MS in industrial hygiene from Temple University School of Pharmacy.

Questions? Contact [email protected]. ​