Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 16:06:28 +0300
Reply-To: "Qureshi, Rasim M." <Rasimqureshi**At_Symbol_Here**UNITED.SABIC.COM>
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From: "Qureshi, Rasim M." <Rasimqureshi**At_Symbol_Here**UNITED.SABIC.COM>
Subject: Re: Latex Glove degeneration
Comments: To: ILPI

The general rule of thumb is to maintain 12 volume cycles per hour in order
to have perfect ventilation, now this might effect the air conditioning but
I am now aware of the exact location of the building that you are talking
about. Secondly and most importantly that concentration of RADON needs to be
measured. RADON is a radioactive material that is generated from earth
depending upon the ground soil quality, if the ventilation is not enough its
concentration increases, that is one of the causes of some abnormal chemical
behavior that happens around us. It has also huge implications on the health
of occupants. To measure RADON you must consult people in Nuclear
department. As I am not aware of the where about so this might sound stupid,
but it is an outrageous idea


Rasim M Qureshi
Safety Engineer
00966-507966856 mobile

-----Original Message-----
From: ILPI [mailto:info**At_Symbol_Here**ILPI.COM]
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2004 3:28 PM
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Latex Glove degeneration

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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