ABSTRACT

Management Alert -- CBP Did Not Adequately Protect Employees from Possible Fentanyl Exposure   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Results in Brief: "During our ongoing audit of Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) storage of seized drugs at permanent drug vaults we visited, we determined that CBP does not adequately protect its staff from the dangers of powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. Specifically, CBP has not always made medications designed to treat narcotic overdose available in case of accidental exposure. This occurred because CBP lacks an official policy requiring standard workplace practices for handling fentanyl and safeguarding personnel against exposure. In addition, CBP does not require mandatory training for its staff to provide an understanding of the hazards of fentanyl and methods to combat accidental exposure. As a result, CBP staff are at increased risk of injury or death in case of exposure."

Report Number:
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-19-53
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Date:
2019-07-16
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General: http://www.oig.dhs.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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