The North Sydney campus of Australian Catholic University has returned to normal.
ACU evacuated approximately 200 people from three buildings at its 40 Edward St campus North Sydney after the presence of a chemical was discovered in a laboratory earlier today.
The University followed well-rehearsed evacuation procedures and emergency services managed the site until the chemical was removed.
Chief Operating Officer Stephen Weller said the safety of staff, students and nearby residents was the first priority and he was assured that no one’s health or safety was at risk.
"ACU has cooperated with teams from North Sydney Police and with NSW Fire and Rescue to ensure the safety of students and staff."
The alarm was raised during a routine audit of chemicals and a technician noticed a faulty seal on a storage container. He immediately alerted authorities and ACU’s safety protocols were activated. After evacuating the site and containing the chemical, it was removed by chemical experts for safe disposal.
Fire and Rescue New South Wales Superintendent Ian Krimmer congratulated the University’s rapid response to the situation.
“The fact that ACU has a procedure for checking stored chemicals, and acted its safety protocols immediately someone recognised a problem. Everything went to plan and the substance was contained without any injuries,” he said.