Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 19:56:27 -0400
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Subject: Re: Odor
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Is it possible there has been a dairy spill like milk, cheese (non-preserved), yogurt or butter? These will yield a similar aroma. Another possibility is a short chain fatty acid called butyric acid, if spilled,  it has a malodorous aroma of very stinky feet!

A decon with strong sodium bicarbonate solution may help remove the odor, I hope that this helps!

Oliver J (Jay) Toigo, CHMM, MPH

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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Odor

We have a strong “dirty socks” odor present in one of our micro labs.  It’s a pretty typical lab using media and cultures, etc.  and we are systematically removing everything and deconning but this odor is persisting.  I know I have smelt this chemical before, maybe back in my undergraduate days, but it is really a sickening odor.  Any ideas?  Any help is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

Rachel E. Harrington, MPH, CHMM

Director- Office of Environmental, Health and Safety

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

3333 Green Bay Road

North Chicago, IL  60064

847-578-3420 work

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