Vanderbilt facility evacuated after reports of chemical spill

Vanderbilt facility evacuated after reports of chemical spill (Image 1)
Vanderbilt facility evacuated after reports of chemical spill (Image 1)

A HAZMAT team was called to the Vanderbilt Case Cart Operations Center in north Nashville early Monday morning after reports of a hazardous chemical spill.

About a dozen employees were evacuated from the center on Briley Park Boulevard South due to a possible ethylene oxide leak around 2 a.m.

The chemical is used to clean surgical equipment and is highly flammable.

Firefighters arrived on scene but didn’t have the equipment needed to test the air quality so a HAZMAT team was called in to check the oxygen levels.

No ethylene oxide was detected and employees returned to the building just before 3 a.m.

The call was blamed on a faulty censor in the building.

No one was injured during the incident.

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