Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2011 08:19:02 -0700
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From: "Demer, Frank R - (demer)" <demer**At_Symbol_Here**EMAIL.ARIZONA.EDU>
Subject: Re: Odor
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I investigated a similar "Sweaty gym clothes"  odor.   The odor appeared annually when the relative humidity was higher from our summer monsoons.   Turned out to be bacteria growing on the fiberglass liner of the mixing box.  The fiberglass visually appeared to have something growing on it.  Mold and bacteria cultures were done for personal interest.  The mixing box was replaced and the odor disappeared.

Frank R. Demer, MS, CIH, CSP
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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Bradley Harris
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2011 6:34 AM
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Odor

Did anybody bring in a plant with a outside soil into the office?  Sometimes soils in pots have odors.

Brad H.

On Jul 26, 2011, at 3:44 PM, Harrington, Rachel wrote:

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
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