fentanyl complicates hazmat cleanups - chemical spill kit
On Monday, a hazmat team wearing a full range of protective gear cleared Duncan's house, where Fen was found in a major drug explosion.
This is an increasingly common situation for Sydney. based B. C.
HazMat Management Co. , Ltd.
, When it is found in the home or in the public space, even the smallest traces of Fen is called time.
The company is used to dealing with chemical leaks and meth labs, but the popularity of a powerful opioid has brought new challenges to the team.
It's now responding to Fen.
Company spokesman John Espley said the phone calls were made once or twice a month.
"It's just growing," he said . "
On July 8, after Duncan/North kauikan RCMP found the Fen in a drug explosion, the team was called to the home of Rockridge Road.
The finding sparked a response from the RCMP secret lab team and the house was not blocked until the hazmat team came in.
Espley said Hazmat's staff found traces of Fen in the upstairs bedroom.
Workers cover from head to foot with respirator and rubber boots to ensure that even the laces are not contaminated.
They vacuum, remove dust, and use special chemicals to make sure the surface is spotless, Espley said.
"If you touch a small amount, it will kill you through your skin," Espley said . ".
Hazmat teams working throughout the island are usually summoned by the police after a drug explosion suspected of having Fen.
The group was even asked to clean up human feces in public places because it could kill animals if there was an effective opioid. B. C.
Hazmat Management is a private company with seven long term employees and a team of contractors who can call them in case of emergency.
Last year, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police released a video in which the camloops mounted police became ill after they were exposed to Fen during drug seizure.
First aid workers and anyone carrying the naroone kit are trained in protective gloves that can reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, Espley said. “Now [the police]
Call us when there is any indication [of fentanyl]
Because it's too risky . "