Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2009 13:27:31 -0800
Reply-To: Russell Vernon <russell.vernon**At_Symbol_Here**UCR.EDU>
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From: Russell Vernon <russell.vernon**At_Symbol_Here**UCR.EDU>
Subject: Re: Working with chemicals and anosmia
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Also, to illustrate the difference between ‘smelling’ some chemical and being over exposed to it, 3-M has a good selection of ‘odor thresholds’ for a wide variety of chemical in their respirator cartridge selection literature


Russell Vernon, Ph.D. 
(951) 827-5119

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Sent: Monday, February 09, 2009 8:33 AM
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Working with chemicals and anosmia



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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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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