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a coll eague of mine at Chrysler did the same thing - after repeated visits t o investigate an IAQ problem, he found a moldy orange in a woman's desk.
From: "Alan Hall" <ahalltoxic**At_Symbol_Here**MSN.COM>
To: DCHAS- L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 1:49:56 PM
Su bject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Odor
Hi Rachel, Obv iously from the responses you=E2=80=99ve received there could be several po ssibilities. Dry traps are usually a good one to start with. If you (and your facilities and research staff) have exhausted all possibilit ies 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 i ssue that people described as dirty socks, sewer gas, etc. After several mo nths found the odor by reviewing the floor plan of the building and fo llowing the pipes in the walls. We found a couple of uncapped pipes t hat were no longer in use.
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"Harrington, Rachel" <rachel.harrington**At_Symbol_Here**ROSALINDFRA NKLIN.EDU> wrote:
We have a strong "dirty socks=" odor present in one of our micro labs. It=E2=80=99s a pretty typical lab using media and cultures, etc. and we are systematically removing eve rything and deconning but this odor is persisting. I know I have smel t this chemical before, maybe back in my undergraduate days, but it is real ly a sickening odor. Any ideas? Any help is greatly appreciated . Thank you!
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