Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Springer Memorial temporarily closed after chemical leak

Students of the Springer Memorial School had to be treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after inhaling chemical fumes.

The school was shut down immediately today, Thursday, November 21, and will remain closed tomorrow, Friday, November 22.

In a statement, the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training explained that the closure is to facilitate cleaning of a storage area where agroproducts and cleaning agents were stored on the school's compound.

      “There was leakage of one of these agroproducts, which reacted with a cleaning agent, resulting in discomfort for several students and teachers. The school was immediately closed and the Barbados Fire Service and medical personnel were called. Six students went to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to be nebulized. All students have been released at this time,” the Ministry said.

The Education Ministry further stated that the situation was assessed in consultation with the Ministry of Labour, a hygienist and a HAZMAT Specialist.

       “Occupational Health and Safety specialists will be brought in to clean and sanitize the affected area and surrounding areas on Friday, so that school will be ready for students and staff next Monday, November 25,” the Ministry disclosed.

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