Chemical Spill at St. Boniface Hospital

The receiving area of St. Boniface Hospital was evacuated Wednesday after a hazardous material leak.

Staff in the shipping area noticed a three-litre container of formaldehyde leaking at about 2:45 p.m. The area was evacuated because of the fumes, forcing staff to block the air vents to the hospital and adjacent buildings as a precaution.

The hazardous material team was quick to respond and clean up the spill.

All non-essential foot and vehicle traffic, excluding ambulances, was being redirected from the hospital. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said patients were not at risk.

At around 5 p.m., the WRHA said the spill would likely take two more hours to clean up. video/WpgCameraMan