Please excuse the cross-postings:
I=E2=80=99m working with a group that works in a se cured, containment facility. The supply air is one pass, the exhaust is HEPA filtered and air change rates are in the 10-15 ACH. Rubber ba nds, latex gloves, the gloves on a glove box, rubber stoppers, etc. degrade very quickly in this building =E2=80=93 a matter of months. This cau ses consternation among my building occupants =E2=80=93 "if latex d egrades so quickly, what is this building doing to me?="
I have done the following : datalogged temperature, %RH, CO and CO2 twice, at different times o f year, for a week. First set showed extremely low humidity =E2=80=93 below 20%rh =E2=80=93 all other measurements within customary. Secon d round showed %rh in a more normal range =E2=80=93 35-40%rh. Magneti c fields were at or below background. No radioactivity was detected.& nbsp; The building doesn=E2=80=99t have any weird smells, evidence of mold or water intrusion. The mechanical system is working as designed, fil ters in place and without high pressure drop, coils clean, etc., according to my building engineers.
People complain of headaches and stuffy noses, general malaise after working in the building for some period of time. Someone has s uggested Chinese drywall might be a culprit but I don=E2=80=99t know as it quite fits.
Wh addya think? All ideas welcome, at this point.
Debbie M. Decker, Campus Chemical Safety O
Environmental Health and Safety
University of California, Davi s
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
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