I would like to nominate phenylacetic acid. I think there may be trees that give off something like it and it has a diSTINCt aroma. Is it possible that you have some of this stuff in your lab?
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Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 3:45 PM
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
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