All safe at OBCS after science room chemical spill


OLD Bawn Community School is back in action following a small chemical spill in one of the science rooms earlier today, with two students brought to hospital as a precaution due to minor splash burns.

Earlier this afternoon, a call to emergency services was made after there was a spill of 100ml of sulphuric acid, which is a corrosive substance. 

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Emergency services at the scene 

Many people living and working locally expressed concern after being alerted to an incident at the school, when five fire engines and three ambulances travelled into the area.

Speaking with The Echo after the incident, OBCS Principal Paul Crone confirmed that there was no fire, and that everybody is safe – with the school operating as normal.

He explained that an emergency call was lodged due to the spillage of a corrosive substance, as per the school’s safety protocol.

“The teachers had neutralised [the sulphuric acid] before emergency services arrived,” Mr Crone said.

“However, emergency services have to confirm the room is safe.

“From our point of view, it’s great to see that the protocols in place work really well… and the teachers were commended by the emergency services on how they dealt with the incident.”

He added: “The school is 100 per cent back to normal, the [science] room is back in action and everything’s good to go.

“Two students were brought to hospital as a precaution due to minor splash burns.”

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