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Working Safely with Fentanyl in the Lab

How the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is keeping its workers safe through PPE and a new enclosure

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Safety preps for fentanyl testing labs. Video credit: Fox 5 Atlanta

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With the fentanyl crisis still ongoing across North America, there is an increased need for testing for this dangerous substance in many forensic labs. However, breathing in just a little fentanyl can be fatal, meaning workers in such labs must take special precautions to stay safe. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), for example, isn’t taking any chances with its forensic laboratory staff, as reported in a recent Fox 5 story. In addition to personal protective equipment such as breathing masks, lab coats, gloves, and safety glasses, the lab recently added a new balance enclosure that is playing a big role in keeping staff safe, from the workers who test the fentanyl to the cleaning staff. 

Learn more about how GBI keeps its staff safe in the video

- With files from Fox 5 Atlanta


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