No injuries to report after chemical spill at nuclear site

A CHEMICAL spill on two men working at Sydney's Lucas Heights nuclear facility did not result in any injuries, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation reported on Friday.

Two staff at the Lucas Heights facility reported a chemical solution had spilt on them at about 7am on Friday.

A statement from ANSTO said initial indications were that the chemical involved was "a small amount of sodium cyanide, and was caused when a container holding the chemical spilt".

It said the spill occurred in "a building not related to the reactor" at Lucas Heights.

"As is the established process, police and emergency services were informed and responded, and the two staff were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure," the statement reads.

"The chemical splashed on the legs of two male staff who were working in the building at the time, and a decontamination process was undertaken."

The statement said minerals analysis and study was undertaken at the facility, with sodium cyanide a commonly-used chemical in the process of extracting gold from minerals.

Topics:  accident chemical spill health nuclear power

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