Hanford employees to wear respiratory gear due to vapors

Hanford employees to wear respiratory gear due to vapors
In this May 6, 2004 file photo, workers use heavy machinery to remove waste in an area near two dormant nuclear reactors on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash.
WASHINGTON RIVER PROTECTION SOLUTIONS NEWS RELEASE -- Informational briefings were held today with WRPS and Mission Support Alliance employees to review recent vapor events in or near the Hanford tank farms, new actions taken to deal with known vapor sources and other planned or potential actions to further reduce worker exposure to chemical vapors.

It was announced that work will resume in the A Farm Complex with employees entering those areas required to wear respiratory gear while further evaluation of the farms continue. Workers in those farms will be involved in determining other follow-up actions, including how long the requirement for respiratory gear might continue.

Since March 19, 26 WRPS or Hanford employees/subcontractors have been sent for medical evaluations after either reporting a concern or unusual odors and/or experiencing potential vapors-related symptoms in or near the Hanford tank farms. A non-WRPS employee today requested and received a medical evaluation related to an earlier vapor incident. The worker was released and returned to work.