Reactive Substance Partially Evacuates Health Sciences Centre

March 11, 2019 4:15 PM | News

Health Sciences Centre

Health Sciences Centre

Some staff working at the Health Sciences Centre were evacuated Monday after the discovery of a reactive substance.

A Winnipeg Regional Health Authority spokesperson says a small amount of the substance was found, which is “potentially reactive” in its dry form.

“The substance, picric acid, is a standard lab material in its liquid form used to preserve muscle tissue for further testing. Laboratory staff are trained and skilled in its safe use.”

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The spokesperson says safety staff, the fire marshal and security immediately secured the area. Staff working nearby were temporarily evacuated as a safety precaution.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service’s Hazmat and paramedic crews responded, as Winnipeg police safely removed the substance without incident.

“At no point was there a risk to adjacent areas or the broader hospital campus,” a statement said.

The lab has since resumed regular operation.



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