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Dangerous goods spill at RIH minor in nature

Kamloops Fire Rescue responded to the July 26 incident, with no injuries involved
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According to Interior Health, a bin containing medical waste was tipped over in the medication room of the ICU.

A spill of hazardous materials at Royal Inland Hospital on Tuesday (July 26) morning was minor in nature and posed no impact to staff or patient care, according to Interior Health.

Kamloops Fire Rescue (KFR) responded to the incident, which occurred in the medication room of the hospital’s intensive-care unit.

According to Interior Health, a bin containing medical waste was tipped over in the medication room of the ICU.

As a result, about 800 millilitres of an activator fluid inside the bin, which congeals the waste once the bin is full, leaked out of the container, which is about the size of a wastepaper basket, IH spokesperson Michaela Swan told KTW.

She said the hospital’s emergency response plan is to contact KFR in the event of a spill, which was followed by staff out of an extreme abundance of caution.

The spill had been contained by about 10 a.m. and KFR left the scene about an hour later.