Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 10:57:04 +0000
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From: "Olinger, Patricia L" <patty.olinger**At_Symbol_Here**EMORY.EDU>
Subject: Re: Odor
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Hi Rachel,  Obviously from the responses youÕve received there could be several possibilities.  Dry traps are usually a good one to start with.  If you (and your facilities and research staff) have exhausted all possibilities there is also something called "dirty sock syndrome".  Google it and you will see many reference and discussions.  Here is a link with an explanation.


We recently had an issue that people described as dirty socks, sewer gas, etc. After several months found the odor by reviewing the floor plan of the building and following the pipes in the walls.  We found a couple of uncapped pipes that were no longer in use.


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"Harrington, Rachel" <rachel.harrington**At_Symbol_Here**ROSALINDFRANKLIN.EDU> wrote:

We have a strong "dirty socks" odor present in one of our micro labs.  ItÕs 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

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