HOUSTON – Two workers were transported Thursday after a chemical spill in the JP Morgan Chase Tower in downtown Houston, Houston Fire Department officials said.
The chemical spill was reported at about 1:55 p.m. in the basement of the building in the 600 block of Travis Street.
The basement was evacuated after investigators said the lid of a pressurized container came off.
The container contained a chemical identified as glutaraldehyde, HFD officials said. It is used in the health care industry most often to disinfect equipment that cannot be heat sterilized, such as dialysis instruments, surgical instruments, suction bottles, bronchoscopes, endoscopes, and ear, nose, and throat instruments.
Two workers’ eyes and face were exposed to the chemical, and although exposure was minimal, they were transported for thorough decontamination and evaluation.
No other injuries or exposures were been reported.