Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2009 11:33:27 -0500
Reply-To: "Dr. Jay A. Young" <chemsafety**At_Symbol_Here**VERIZON.NET>
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From: "Dr. Jay A. Young" <chemsafety**At_Symbol_Here**VERIZON.NET>
Subject: Re: Working with chemicals and anosmia
Comments: To: "Samuella B. Sigmann"

Your inquiry suggests that you have been told that the odor of a volatile chemical is a warning that you are potentially subject to harm from inhaling that chemical.
That belief is a half-true myth.  For most chemicals, if you can smell them there is no indication that they are harmful or harmless.  To determine if the vapors of a volatile chemical are in the breathing air at or greater than a harmful concentration, one should use air-sampling techniques.
For that, hire yourself a chemical hygienist.
Jay Young
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From: Samuella B. Sigmann
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Sent: Friday, February 06, 2009 8:27 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Working with chemicals and anosmia

I am looking for any developed SOPs or protocols that can be used by a person who has anosmia (complete loss of smell) and works in a chemical research environment.  Any information that I can use to help protect this worker will be useful.



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Samuella B. Sigmann, NRCC-CHO
Lecturer/Safety Committee Chair
A. R. Smith Department of Chemistry
Appalachian State University
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