HAZMAT responds to NEOMED center after four employees report feeling sick from odor

Posted at 12:47 PM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 14:14:21-04

A HAZMAT team responded Wednesday to the Northeast Ohio Medical University in Portage County for a report of an odor coming from the NEOMED Education and Wellness (NEW) Center.

At 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, NEOMED police were informed that as many as four employees were left feeling nauseous and light-headed after a reported odor in the building.

The NEW Center, which has a separate ventilation system as the University was immediately evacuated.

Emergency response teams and HAZMAT investigated the smell which dissipated within an hour of their arrival.

After investigating, the HAZMAT team monitored the area where the odor was concentrated. Officials believe the cause of the odor was chlorine found in the water fountain.

Those who were left feeling sick are reported to be feeling fine, according to a NEOMED news release.

The facilities are expected to reopen within the next hour.