The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has temporarily shut down its labs at Forbes Field.
The department took the action Friday when preliminary samples came back positive for mold.
KDHE says the labs will suspend operations at least a week. During that time, a team from the Kansas Labor Department will do a thorough assessment with help from an independent specialist from out of state.
“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,” KDHE Secretary Rod Bremby said in a statement released Friday evening. “We will contact staff once we have further information.”
Lab workers will be given paid administrative leave next week. KDHE will turn to other resources to assure lab services continue.