Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 16:55:37 -0700
Reply-To: "LaCroix, Steve (DOH)" <Steve.LaCroix**At_Symbol_Here**DOH.WA.GOV>
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From: "LaCroix, Steve (DOH)" <Steve.LaCroix**At_Symbol_Here**DOH.WA.GOV>
Subject: Re: Laboratory Vacuum Cleaner for sensitive equipment
Comments: To: Eric Clark
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	The first question is: Do you need a HEPA filtered vacuum? For
instance in cleaning out a BSC, we use one. If you do need one my
recommendation would be a VT 60 by Nilfsik

Thank you.

Steve LaCroix
Quality Assurance and Safety Officer
Department of Health
Epidemiology, Health Statistics, and Public Health Laboratories
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Shoreline, WA 98155
Phone: (206) 418-5437
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FAX: (206) 418-5485
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Eric Clark
Sent: Thursday, September 24, 2009 3:47 PM
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] 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 component?).  

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

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