RTI International is investigating employees’ health concerns in one of its buildings at its Research Triangle Park headquarters.
Three people have asked whether their health concerns might be related to the building, according to RTI spokeswoman Lisa Bistreich-Wolfe.
RTI officials declined to describe the health concerns.
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“We have an obligation to respect the privacy of our employees and not discuss their personal health information,” Gibson said.
On Aug. 12, RTI received a message that some members of staff had raised some concerns about the Herbert Building, Gibson said.
“It wasn’t because of any particular specific issue in the building,” he said. “It was a health concern of several staff members that gave rise to the inquiry.”
The organization did an initial assessment and decided to look into the concerns further, Gibson said.
“Our primary concern is the health and well being of our staff,” Gibson said, along with being transparent with staff.
The 90 to 100 employees in the Herbert Building were notified Monday and Tuesday, Gibson said. The building primarily houses office space and work stations, but includes a laboratory where microchips are made. The building, built in 1984, has essentially had the same configuration and lab work since it opened, Gibson said.
The employees with the similar health concerns were in various areas in the office section of the building, Gibson said.
The office environment and the lab area have separate air systems, which are evaluated regularly along with the mechanical system, he said.
“We have no issues, and we do not know of any issue,” Gibson said.
Other RTI employees were notified in a letter sent by RTI President Wayne Holden on Thursday evening.
RTI’s Enterprise Risk Management team has initiated an assessment “with an external party” to ensure the building is safe, the letter states. Staff members were provided the option to telecommute or move to another building.
A “couple” of employees have chosen those options, “but there are several more that are assessing it,” Gibson said.
The assessment will take several weeks, Gibson said. He declined to name the external party.
Forbes magazine ranked RTI International sixth on its America’s Best Employers list for midsize companies for 2016.