Fentanyl is one of the most dangerous substances in recent chemical history. It can be lethal in large doses, and is highly addictive. It’s a part of the opioid epidemic, and in certain states it’s used to treat heroin addiction. The main use of the chemical is to treat pain, and withdrawals from opioid addiction. Herein, it’s a constant chemical addiction in and of itself. The deaths every year in the United States and other countries are very high, and not much is being done to stem the issue. One can imagine the fear and concern that’s racing through the minds of authorities in the UK right now after a certain Fentanyl Chemical Incident.
The incident involved twelve people, injuring two to a critical condition. The incident cover several areas of Wiltshire, in the United Kingdom. The point of contact was in a mall, where the two in critical condition became sick and began vomiting Fentanyl. Do to the volatile and dangerous nature of the substance any citizens nearby were in immediate danger. Therefore, a full HAZMAT response team was called to address the situation. The area was quarantined and residents were alerted that if they may have come in contact with the suspected fentanyl substance to alert the appropriate authorities immediately.
Official who have answered to reporters from the DevonLive news outlet have said, “You’re injecting yourself with a loaded gun.” when asked about the dangers of fentanyl. The insanity of the substance is the ferocity it wreaks on the human body. The effects take action rapidly, and can be fatal in just a few hours. It’s strange to think that this dangerous of a substance is being used to counteract the opioid epidemic whilst at the same time being so dangerous in and of itself. The UK parliament have expressed concern as the substance grew in popularity in the United States and is moving to the United Kingdom somehow. Everywhere it turns up chemical incidents and deaths follow it.
What Can Be Done To Protect From Fentanyl Chemical Incident
Fentanyl is so dangerous that it’s reported police officers and drug dogs have overdosed simply from breathing in the fumes of fentanyl in the area. This hazardous substance has caused a massive stir in the U.K. due to it’s sudden appearance. It’s rampant in the United States. The New York Times reported that Fentanyl is the number one drug killer in the United States, killing 21,000 people or more in 2016. That number is actually at a 540% increase from five years before. The numbers are staggering, and not located to residential areas. These overdoses are happening everywhere in daily American life.
If these incidents start taking place at your company, that you own or otherwise, other people may be in danger. It’s shocking to think that an ingested substance can suddenly cause a chemical incident, but it’s a reality. To mitigate these situations, a chemical cleaning process (standard regulation) will save any employer a mountain of headache, paperwork, and revenue. Something to also aid in the handling of a chemical incident a Hazmat Storage Locker will assist greatly in any emergency. For something to keep your employees or clients safe, consider the Non Fire-Rated Chemical Storage Building.
Non Fire Rated Buildings provide safe and effective space for storing nonflammable chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, caustic chemicals, paints, solvents, and more. These buildings are also options for storing flammable chemicals provided your designated storage area is located at least 75 ft from other buildings. Verify your local regulations before storing any hazardous material in a Non Fire Rated building. Ask us how U.S. Hazmat Rentals can enable your company to safely meet your chemical storage needs.
All our nonflammable chemical storage buildings come equipped with:
- Mechanical Exhaust Fan
- Dry Chemical Fire Suppression System
- Premium 12 Gauge Steel Construction
- Heavy Duty Lock Security
- A Built-In Secondary Spill Containment Sump
- Drum Storage Capacity Options: From 1 to 12, 27, 42, or 57 barrels
- Movable by heavy forklift
- Crane Lifting Lugs
To protect your employees even further, a tornado lock storm shelter can be the difference in life or death in susceptible areas. We also offer these for rent alongside our Chemical Storage Lockers.
The professional engineers at U.S. Hazmat Rentals have been working hard to keep your employees safe, and your company compliant with OSHA, EPA, and NFPA standards with our Chemical storage and hazardous material storage lockers for years. Now, we have expanded our solutions to include secure structures that keep you and your employees safe from tornadoes and other severe weather conditions with our new Storm Shelters. Whatever your working conditions may be, we provide safe rooms to save lives and protect valuable equipment and assets at the job site. Our life safety security solutions look to perfect the art of protection.