Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 15:46:53 -0700
Reply-To: Eric Clark <erclark**At_Symbol_Here**PH.LACOUNTY.GOV>
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From: Eric Clark <erclark**At_Symbol_Here**PH.LACOUNTY.GOV>
Subject: Laboratory Vacuum Cleaner for sensitive equipment
Does anybody have an idea for such a vacuum cleaner described below?:  
Eric Clark, MS, CCHO, CHMM 
Safety Officer
Los Angeles County Public Health Laboratory

We are considering the acquisition of a standard-sized (or compact) 
upright or canister-format vacuum (I. e. dust cleaner for cleaning dry 
dust, etc). This pertains to the need for internal housekeeping at 
hard-to-reach lab bench areas as well as deep inside large sensitive 
electronic equipment. Are there any recommendations about the type of 
vacuum that may be used in a chemical or microbiological lab, and are 
there any particular safety regulations which need to be addressed in such 
a purchase. (I. e. does such a unit have to contain a built-in HEPA filter 

Alon Volner, Ph.D. 
Chief Chemist
Los Angeles County Public Health Laboratory
Chemical Terrorism Laboratory Coordinator

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