Thursday, March 1, 2012

Qld: Popcorm smells make Centrelink staff sick

AAP General News (Australia)
Qld: Popcorm smells make Centrelink staff sick

More than 40 staff and a client in a government centre in Toowoomba, west of Brisbane,
have fallen ill after smelling a popcorn-like odour.

The Condamine Centre, which houses Centrelink and other government agencies, has been
evacuated three times since December 6 after reports of toxic fumes.

But the source remains a mystery.

Forty-four staff and the client have reported dry mouths, nausea and dizziness and
been taken to hospital for treatment.

Fluffy toys owned by staff, balloons and food in a refrigerator have been blamed for
the odours, but tests fail to isolate the source.

The centre, in which about 300 people work, was closed on December 7 and 8 for tests.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Authority area director JOHN CAUCUTT told AAP the tests
failed to detect any hazardous leak or spill in the building.

He says they're mystified by the whole scenario.

He says they've advised the building owners to get an independent building hygienist
to look at it as a stink, rather than a hazardous spill or leak.

The first and third floors of the building have now been closed and staff relocated
to Ipswich and Warwick.

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