Six Hanford workers evaluated for exposure to chemical vapors

Six Hanford workers evaluated for exposure to chemical vapors
FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, a warning sign is shown attached to a fence at the 'C' Tank Farm at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, near Richland, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
WASHINGTON RIVER PROTECTION SOLUTIONS NEWS RELEASE -- Six Washington River Protection Solutions workers are receiving medical evaluation following reports of chemical vapors in two Hanford tank farms. Five of the workers reported symptoms typically related to chemical vapors; one was sent for evaluation as a precautionary measure. One of the six seen at the onsite medical provider has been sent to Kadlec Medical Center for further evaluation.

The employees were working in or near Hanford’s AP and SY Tank Farms when vapors were reported. All workers immediately exited the area and moved upwind.

Industrial hygiene technicians have entered the farms in protective gear to take samples and check for potential sources.

UPDATE: Four of the six Washington River Protection Solutions employees evaluated by medical professionals today have been cleared to return to work. The workers were taken to the onsite medical provider for evaluation following reports of chemical vapors in two Hanford tank farms.

One of the six workers seen at the onsite medical provider was sent to Kadlec Medical Center for further evaluation. A second worker who had no symptoms but was sent to the onsite medical facility as a precautionary measure also requested an evaluation at Kadlec. Both were examined at the hospital without being admitted, then released. The two workers will need to be evaluated by the site medical provider before they can be cleared to return to work.