For Immediate Release
August 15, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE to Temporarily Suspend Operations of the Kansas Health and
Environment Laboratories at Forbes Field in Topeka

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment decided to temporarily suspend operations of the Health and Environment Laboratories at Forbes Field in Topeka. This action is being taken to facilitate a comprehensive environmental assessment of the facility.

Preliminary samples have been taken and were found to be positive for mold.

Staff at the Health and Environment Laboratory at Forbes Field will be given paid administrative leave and be allowed to stay home next week. During this time, a team from the State Department of Labor and an independent specialist from out of state will perform a thorough assessment of the building.

“We are committed to acting in the best interest of our employees and are asking laboratory staff at Forbes Field to stay home for the next week while we determine a course of corrective action,” said Secretary Rod Bremby. “We will contact staff once we have further information.”

During this time, KDHE will be using other resources to assure that laboratory services are uninterrupted and that the best possible laboratory services are available to the citizens of Kansas.