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Using Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose in the Workplace: Information for Employers and Workers: Latest US information

November 2018
by Sheila Pantry OBE

The opioid crisis continues to affect the USA, including workplaces. On 11 October 2018 the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a new factsheet, Using Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose in the Workplace: Information for Employers and Workers, as a resource for workplaces that are considering implementing a naloxone program.

Workplaces are increasingly becoming sites where overdoses are occurring, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics finding that between 2013 and 2016, overdose deaths at work from non-medical use of drugs and alcohol increased by at least 38% annually.

This new NIOSH factsheet provides an overview of opioids and naloxone. It also gives employers and workers a series of questions to consider when looking at whether a naloxone program in their workplace is appropriate, as well as information about resources needed to implement and maintain such a program.

You can learn more about how NIOSH is working to confront the opioid crisis on their website and by joining them for a special webinar on November 6th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET, New Insights into the Opioid Crisis and Work: Important Information for Workers and Employers.

NIOSH says, “Please share this new factsheet with your partners, including employer and worker groups, who may benefit from this information”.

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FOCUS

This month’s OSHWORLD FOCUS is entitled Poland’s Poster Competition 2018 – The Office.

Training: Update your 2018 diaries with training for workers at all levels

Whether you are a manager, director, safety representative, supervisors or worker it is time to:

Remember that even if you cannot attend these many events, speakers and organisers are often willing to share their knowledge. Look at the details – where possible, we add in the web sites of these events, so you can request further information. And do let me know if you are organising any OSHE events so that these can be added to the OSHWORLD Diary.

OSHWORLD – your portal to some great informative and authoritative OSH websites in the world

Wherever you are in the world have a look at your health, safety, chemical, fire and environment procedures in your workplace and update them. Your review may also indicate training requirements and re-thinking how systems and services can be improved. This is where the free-of-charge OSHWORLD can help you.

Resources for you to quickly access

In addition to the above we hope that you find the information in OSHWORLD useful in your daily work. Globally there are continually new titles, news items, new products so remember to look at the News to find the latest information from a range of worldwide sources.

Use OSHWORLD as your portal to many hundreds of validated and authoritative web sites that you can find in the Country and Subject links we offer. New subject topics are constantly brought together on web sites, e.g. nanotechnology and the workplace.

Most information services have a reference shelf where you can quickly check the reference sources – so OSHWORLD brings you a collection of Reference sources and also teaches you how to Search the Internet.

Visit the various Bookshops to order any new document as they are being published. Many of these Bookshops have a constant stream of new titles available.

Please send any suggestions or comments about OSHWORLD – your portal to validated and authoritative information. Remember also to look at our other really useful sites – www.sheilapantry.com and why not make a free entry about your company’s products in www.shebuyersguide.com

Don’t forget to learn from history – visit www.historyofosh.org.uk
An invaluable resource for students, lecturers, trainers, health and safety professionals and others with a general interest in industrial history, the site sets out developments from the 1802 Factory Act all the way through to the most recent regulatory changes made by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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