BARBERTON: Fire and police officials responded to a hazardous-materials incident at the South Van Buren Avenue offices of Babcock & Wilcox late Thursday morning.
The incident occurred in the accounts payable office of the building when an employee opened an envelope containing an unknown white powdery substance, company spokesman Ryan Cornell said.
The employee reported the incident to management who in turn alerted safety personnel and locked down the building as well as the company’s clinic next door.
The Summit County Hazardous Materials team also responded to the incident.
The employee was taken to the company’s clinic as a precaution, but was later released.
Barberton police said authorities checked the powder and determined it was not hazardous.
Investigators were still trying to determine the composition of the material.
As a precaution, safety workers donned protective gear and put up decontamination equipment.
The initial call for help from the company was received about 11:30 a.m., according to city officials.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was called in to assist.
Babcock & Wilcox employs more than 1,000 people at its sprawling headquarters in Barberton.