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Staff evacuated following chemical spill at Peter Mac Cancer Centre

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14 Aug 2013
Staff were evacuated following a chemical spill at the Peter Mac Cancer Centre this morning.

Twenty-nine workers were evacuated from the Research Laboratory at the Centre this morning following a strong chemical odour.

One person attended hospital with an eye irritation and eight others have reported headaches.

Patients attending the hospital for appointments were not affected.

The first floor research area and digital imaging area have been isolated, whilst the remainder of the hospital has remained operating normally.

The spill of an unidentified chemical in the cool room has been a protracted incident for MFB firefighters.

Wearing fully encapsulated suits MFB firefighters have been undertaking extensive analysis of the atmosphere utilising monitoring equipment which have remained at a low level.

Technical advice is also being provided by the specialist MFB Scientific Officer.

Recent monitoring results have revealed that the atmospheric results are back to normal.  The incident took four hours to bring under control.

MFB, Ambulance, Police and hospital staff at worked closely together to bring the incident to completion.

In total 14 appliances attended the incident with more than 40 firefighters on scene.

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