Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 08:28:25 -0400
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Subject: Re: Latex Glove degeneration
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Ozone.  Sources include mog, electrical motors, laser printers (which
really pump the stuff out), lab generator (unlikely to affect the
whole building), photocopiers, "air cleaners" (those that generate
the stuff; yeeesh), electrostatic precipitators etc..   If present,
it should likely be accompanied by some of the symptoms of sick
building syndrome - eye/lung/nose/throat irritation etc.   I consider
it unlikely in a building with good air turnover, but you asked for
the outrageous.

A good place to start is the EPA's Indoor Air Quality web site.
Here's one pertinent ref from it:

Have you had the air tested?

Best regards,

Rob Toreki

>Hi Gang:
>Excusing the cross-posting....  We have researchers whose latex gloves,
>rubber bands and other latex-containing articles degrade at an alarming
>rate.  This is annoying.  Lately, a photographer in this building has found
>her images degrading as well.  This is now causing consternation amongst
>building occupants.
>All the obvious have been checked - it is a laboratory building with
>one-pass air and the degradation is not localized to a single floor or lab.
>Ideas?  Don't be shy about suggesting the outrageous.
>Debbie Decker
>EH&S UCDavis
>Co-Conspirator to Make the World A
>Better Place -- Visit and join the conspiracy
>Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction
>that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions,
>can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."

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