Get out the HazMat Suit: More than 50 evaluated in hospital hazard call
HMN – Radiation Detection, HazMat Suits, and 50 persons evaluated – oh my. Â Good Job Ventura.
According to the Ventura County Star:
More than 50 people were evaluated after a chemical spill was reported Thursday afternoonÂ at Ventura County Medical Center, officials said.
The incident was reported at 4:06 p.m. at the Ventura hospital, 3291 Loma Vista Road. Authorities said it appeared a small amountÂ of chemotherapy drugs had spilled.
People were evacuated due to the odor, and the building’s heating and cooling system was turned off, officials said.
“This is a small spill of a low-grade radioactive chemotherapy agent,” the city of Ventura Fire Department said via Facebook. “This spill is contained to the facility and there is a spill protocol underway.”
Authorities said 52 people were evaluated for possible exposure and three were to get hospital evaluation and/or treatment.
By 7:20 p.m., most fire personnel had cleared the scene. A few firefighters remained on the scene awaiting the arrival of a contractor to clean up the spill, officials said.
Ventura police said officers wereÂ conducting traffic control in the area. Hillmont Avenue was shut down at Loma Vista Road and Foothill Road, police said.
Evacuate or Shelter in Place?Â And there are school children involved. Â GO.