During the Longworth House Office Building's cafeteria renovation work, there was a potential release of lead paint dust in the kitchen area. The area that was initially impacted was not being used for food preparation.
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) continues to investigate and will have another update when the cafeteria reopens. Thank you for your continued patience.
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Most recent update appears first.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
- Test results indicate that the Longworth Cafeteria is clear to reopen. Provided that this weekend's weather event does not disrupt the schedule, the cafeteria will be restocked and will resume normal operations Monday morning.
Monday, January 18, 2016
- The response to the accidental release of lead paint dust during renovation work in the Longworth Building's kitchen area has been very thorough. We, at the AOC, have been testing and cleaning the impacted areas over the weekend, and we will continue to work this week.
Once final testing confirms the cafeteria is ready to resume food service, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the House will take the extra step to re-clean and sanitize everything in the Longworth Building's kitchen and cafeteria to ensure that the area is ready for restaurant workers, staff and customers. To do this, the cafeteria remains closed. We appreciate your patience while we take these extra steps.
Please note that full food service is still available this week in the Rayburn House Office Building cafeteria and subway. In an effort to provide a convenient place to get coffee service in the Longworth Building while the cafeteria is closed, Sodexo will be setting up a temporary coffee service (cash only) in the Longworth Building's 24-hour dining room from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. until the cafeteria reopens.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
- Early this morning, AOC received laboratory sample results confirming that the presence of lead dust was not widespread and primarily limited to the area where the work was being conducted. Based on these results, we have no indication that any food was contaminated with lead dust. Clean up of the impacted area is continuing.
Friday, January 15, 2016
- The CAO of the House closed the cafeteria. The United States Capitol Police (USCP) Hazardous Response Team and the DC Fire Department responded to the scene. During the response, some of the Longworth Building's cafeteria employees began reporting concerns. Out of an abundance of caution, those individuals were transported to area hospitals for further evaluation.
At this time, the USCP and DC Fire Department have cleared the area. This event is contained to the Longworth Building's cafeteria. The rest of the Longworth Building is safe and remains open. The Longworth cafeteria will remain closed until AOC tests and completes necessary remediation.