A graduate assistant in the Boston College chemistry department was taken to a local hospital after he came in contact with a dangerous chemical Friday morning that forced officials to evacuate the building, authorities said.
The unidentified man was unpacking a box in a chemistry laboratory when he was exposed to a chemical that had spilled in the box. His skin and clothing were exposed to it, said Ed Hayward, spokesman for the school.
The man decontaminated himself using facilities in the building and was later transported to a local hospital, authorities said.
A Boston Fire Department hazardous materials team responded to the scene and evacuated the Merkert Chemistry Center at 2609 Beacon St. It is unclear how many people were in the building.
Hayward also reported that all students were safe and that there is “no immediate threat” to the school.
The exposure did not cause life-threatening injuries for the man, he said. He could not identify the chemical.
Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said the chemical was identified as Piperidine.
No further information was immediately available.