January 19, 2007 14:48 ET

Canada Post: Ottawa Mail Processing Plant Resumes Operation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 19, 2007) - Canada Post employees at the Ottawa Mail Processing Plant at 1424 Caledon Place received clearance to return to work at 8:45 this morning, following a shut down of the plant after two employees contracted an unidentified rash.

"Health and safety is our primary concern and we work closely with the authorities to ensure our employees are not at risk," said Plant Director, Alain Davidson.

Around 5:00 a.m. two employees working in the parcel section of the Ottawa Plant developed a rash and were taken to hospital. As per health and safety procedures, local authorities were called in and took charge of the situation.

"As a preventative measure, we requested all employees in the facility at that time be confined to a specific area with instructions that no one was to enter or leave the facility", said Captain Greg Golds of the Ottawa Fire Services Hazmat team.

Public Health authorities quarantined the affected area and removed some equipment for further testing. The area was decontaminated and remains quarantined, while the investigation continues.

The condition of the two employees is considered to be not contagious and they were released from hospital at noon.

Employees entering the plant were briefed on the situation by their supervisors prior to returning to work.

Customers in the Ottawa area can expect some delays in mail delivery today.

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