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    Safety Advice for working on organs, tone cabinets and leslie speakers

    There is now an article in the Electronic Organs section of the Wiki that gives sound advice for those who are considering working on their organ or speaker, but don’t yet have the experience or knowledge to do so. This article will be added to in due course with extra guidance from the forum’s professional technicians and experts.

    If in doubt – READ IT!!

    Here’s the link to the article: http://www.organforum.com/forums/faq...cal_safety_faq

    We would welcome any input from our professional technicians/engineers and our own experienced members. The article is protected to prevent editing. If you have some information that you'd like to add, please email it to me at andrew@andrew.gilbert.com and I will sort it out.
    Last edited by Admin; 01-10-2015, 09:36 AM.
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    In addition to the electrical safety information linked above, there are also health risks associated with rodents, especially the droppings, urine, and nesting materials from mice and rats. In North America, exposure to the Hanta virus found in them can lead to a serious and potentially fatal (although extremely rare) pulmonary disease known as HPS. Other viruses in other parts of the world (such as the Seoul virus) can cause other serious infections including hemorrhagic fever.

    If you find mouse droppings, urine, or nesting materials in an organ or speaker you are servicing, you should consult your local health authorities with respect to a safe cleanup.

    Hanta Virus is found throughout the USA and Canada, although it is more common in the south west than the north east.

    Here is a a brochure from the CDC in the USA with further information, including safe clean-up methods: https://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/pdf/hps_brochure.pdf


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      Member nonreverb also points out that there are also chemical safety issues to consider when working on our beloved organs and speaker cabinets:

      "The screws, nuts and bolts on Hammonds and many other organs were originally plated with cadmium. Over time the plating had oxidized into a yellowy powder on the surface. This powder can become airborne and can be toxic. I recommend folks who are working directly [on] or near this to wipe any of this residue with a damp cloth.. Especially when removing said parts."