26 total Hanford site workers evaluated, cleared after odorous vapors reported
HANFORD, Wash. - Officials with the Hanford Site say twenty-six total workers were evaluated at the on-site medical facility for smelling odorous vapors at the tank farms.
Robert Roxburgh, Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) representative, says three Hanford workers sought medical attention Monday after experiencing odors in the AP tank farm. Three other workers requested an evaluation related to an odorous event at the work site last week, says Roxburgh.
Roxburgh says entrance into the tank farm is restricted while samples are gathered and analyzed.
Last week, twenty workers were seen at the on-site medical facility at Hanford says Roxburgh. Odors were reported in several areas in and around the A, AX, and AP tank farms near where the waste was being transferred from double-shell tank AY-102 to a tank in AP Farm.
Nineteen of the total workers reported having symptoms, and the remaining seven were seen at the on-site medical facility out of precaution, says Roxburgh. All the workers involved have been cleared to return to work, according to Roxburgh.
Workers were not required to wear respiratory protection since recent samples from the area show chemical vapor levels below the workplace standards, say Roxburgh.
The Hanford site is working to make the tank farms safer, says Roxburgh, after an independent lab assessed the dangers and offered a plan for making the site safer.
Roxburgh says (WRPS) has taken steps to manage the hazards posed by chemical vapors.