Remediation Options for Fentanyl Contaminated Indoor Environments
Excerpt: One of the main scientific gaps in the development of an adequate fentanyl contamination remediation response is related to a lack of knowledge of effective decontamination technologies and the conditions for their application for the degradation of fentanyl on a material or surface. Another decontamination-related gap is associated with a lack of information on suitable cleaning approaches for first responder gear or hazardous material responder personal protective equipment (PPE) that may have become contaminated with fentanyl during the response or remediation activities.
Source: EPA United States Environmental Protection Agency
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“For two other previously studied decontaminants, namely, Dahlgren Decon™ and pH 5 adjusted bleach, the current study assessed whether a reapplication of these decontaminants could improve overall efficacy, especially in the presence of a benign additive that was demonstrated to create a demand on the decontamination solution. Lastly, Dahlgren Decon™ and pH 5 adjusted bleach were also assessed on their ability to degrade fentanyl on a short dwell timescale of only a few minutes. Such a short dwell time would occur if these decontaminants were applied as part of a decontamination line procedure in which the PPE or other response gear is cleaned to reduce exposure to support personnel and eliminate spread of contamination when exiting a (fentanyl) contaminated site”.– Source: Page 8, EPA United States Environmental Protection Agency