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Bellevue, Washington – Two People Taken to the Hospital Following Hazmat Incident

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Posted on November 18, 2019

Bellevue, Washington (November 16, 2019) – Two people were taken to the hospital following a hazardous material accident at a faiclity on the 13800 block of Southeast 32nd Street. According to the report from the Bellevue Fire Department the two patients had no apparent symptoms  and were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

According to Bellevue Fire’s Hazmat team, an unidentified chemical had been added to a 55-gallon drum of bleach. Firefighters were reported to be securing the container in the incident.

About Hazardous Material Incidents

According to Safeopedia.com, hazardous material incidents involve the uncontrolled release of one or more hazardous materials in a location which puts human lives or the environment at risk of damage. Furthermore, the website also defines the term “HAZMAT Incident” as an umbrella term for any incident which involve the release or exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards. Since there is a variety of hazardous materials that can be involved there is no set response to this particular incident. There are three types of hazmat incidents: simple spills, major spills, and emergencies. Simple spills do not spread rapidly and don’t pose an immediate threat to surrounding humans or the environment. Depending on the workplace, these incidents may not require reporting and may be cleaned up by a qualified worker. Major spills and emergencies, on the other hand, are reportable incidents that fulfill one of these conditions: incidents where the hazardous materials spread rapidly, endanger humans or the environment, has caused a person to require medical treatment for either injury or exposure, or involves an individual needing rescue. From this information, it is clear that hazmat incidents can result in lasting injuries and even fatalities. We urge all workplaces that use hazardous materials to run strict safety guidelines. Workplace safety should never be taken for granted in order to prevent damage, not only to human lives, but for the sake of the environment as well.

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