Sentry Shield™ Powdered Substance Protection Kits Deliver Hazardous Opioid Exposure Protection
Opioid use in the United States is increasing dramatically. The effects of increased encounters with opioids on law enforcement and first responders can be deadly. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, “Since fentanyl can be ingested orally, inhaled through the nose or mouth, or absorbed through the skin or eyes, any substance suspected to contain fentanyl should be treated with extreme caution as exposure to a small amount can lead to significant health-related complications, respiratory depression, or death.”DQE developed the Sentry Shield line of personal protective kits to protect police officers and first responders from white powdery substances that could contain fentanyl, carfentanil, or other powerful opioid-based substances. The Sentry Shield kits are configured based on the recommendations of the National Institutes of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
These personal protection kits range in coverage based on the severity of exposure levels responders may encounter. In all situations, employers must identify hazards to which their workers might be exposed and provide appropriate PPE to protect them.
DQE Sentry Shield™ Powdered Substance Protection Kits:
• Sentry Shield™ QP – This Quick Protection kit contains protective oversleeves, a NIOSH-approved N95 flat-fold respirator, safety glasses, nitrile gloves with an extended cuff, a contaminated clothing bag, and warning labels. For a minimal exposure response where fentanyl may be present, but no opioid materials are visible. Use examples include pre-hospital care, law enforcement routine duties, inmate searches, or customs and border inspections.
• Sentry Shield™ SP – This Standard Protection kit contains a barrier protective garment, NIOSH-approved P100 valve respirator, safety glasses, nitrile gloves with an extended cuff, a contaminated clothing bag, and warning labels. For a moderate exposure response where small amounts of suspected fentanyl materials are visible. Use examples include pre-hospital care, law enforcement routine duties, or investigations and evidence collection.
• Sentry Shield™ EP – This Extra Protection kit contains a barrier protective coverall, boot covers, NIOSH-approved P100 valve respirator, safety goggles, 2 pairs of nitrile gloves, a contaminated clothing bag, and warning labels. For an elevated moderate exposure response where suspected liquid or powdered fentanyl materials may be present. Use examples include investigations and evidence collection, and special operation and decontamination.
Due to the dangerous risk of exposure to hazardous opioid substances, it is critical to always be looking for fentanyl indicators. Illicit fentanyl, fentanyl-related substances, and other synthetic opioids can resemble powdered drugs such as heroin or cocaine and have been identified in pills, capsules, liquid, and on blotter paper. Keep Sentry Shield PPE kits on hand when conducting motor vehicle stops, responding to calls for service, and arriving at a scene where there is a suspected overdose incident.
More information on Sentry Shield Powdered Substance Defense Kits is available at www.dqeready.com/SentryShield.