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From: "Patricia L Olinger" <patty.olinger**At_Symbol_Here**EMORY.EDU>
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 6:57: 04 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Odor
Hi Rachel, Obviou sly from the responses you=E2=80=99ve received there could be several possi bilities. Dry traps are usually a good one to start with. If yo u (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 issu e that people described as dirty socks, sewer gas, etc. After several month s found the odor by reviewing the floor plan of the building and following the pipes i n the walls. We found a couple of uncapped pipes that were no longer in use.
Patty Olinger, RBP
1762 Clifton Rd., Suite 1200
Atlanta, GA 30322
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"Harrington, Rachel" <rachel.harrington**At_Symbol_Here**ROSALINDFRANKL IN.EDU> wrote:
We have a strong "dirty socks=" odor pr esent in one of our micro labs. It=E2=80=99s a pretty typical lab usi ng media and cultures, etc. and we are systematically removing everyt hing and deconning but this odor is persisting. I know I have smelt t his 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. Harringto n, MPH, CHMM
Director- Office of Environmental, Health and Safety
Rosalind Franklin U niversity of Medicine and Science
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North Chicago, IL 60064
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