California has passed a law that establishes interim standards for the cleanup of fentanyl labs – a measure intended to protect those who live in or near  properties contaminated by the substance.

The Methamphetamine or Fentanyl Contaminated Property Cleanup Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, provides local health officers with directions on how to provide adequate notice to property owners and renters of property contaminated by fentanyl as well as guidance on overseeing the cleanup of these properties. The law also forces homeowners to notify potential renters or buyers that an overdose occurred on the premises.

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) lent its support for the legislation as it moved through the California state legislature.

As the use of fentanyl and its analogues increases, so does the risk of exposure. Exposure to fentanyl and equivalents may result in the abrupt onset of potentially life-threatening respiratory depression if exposure is via inhalation, contact with other mucous membranes, a needlestick, or ingestion.

The law will remain in place until permanent standards can be developed by the state or federal government.

For more information on California Assembly Bill 1596, please visit California Legislative Information's website.