9 Reasons Why Odour Monitoring is Crucial


Odour monitoring is a scientific process that aims to detect and collect data about problem odours such as intensity and type. It is crucial in industrial and commercial odour control for a variety of reasons. Here are the 9 main reasons:

  • It empowers every odour management plan

Odour monitoring will form a crucial part of your odour management plan. With it, we can answer questions like which processes are performing well, where you might need to act, and how to reduce odour emissions to a fraction of their size.

  • It is necessary to detect and measure odour-generating compounds

Odour monitoring is necessary to detect and measure odours so that we can make odour management decisions based on data, not guesswork. Without this data, everything would be a guess, leading to poorly specified equipment.

  • It is necessary to size and specify the correct odour control solutions

It’s only possible to size and specify the correct odour control solutions once we know what types of odour we are dealing with. Odour monitoring is a necessary first step to determine what odour controls need to be put in place.

  • It prevents over engineering and investment in the wrong solutions

It isn’t uncommon for businesses to invest in odour control equipment that isn’t precisely what they need. This is due to a lack of data. Odour monitoring provides precise odour data, so that correct investment decisions can be made.

  • It is necessary to correctly abate industrial odours

The successful abatement of industrial odours is necessary if businesses are to comply with regulations and avoid odour complaints. Real-time odour monitoring enables businesses to keep tabs on odours so that inefficiencies are logged.

  • It can act as an alarm system in case of accidental odour release

Continuous odour monitoring utilises sensors (electronic noses) that can detect odour leaks with configurable tolerances and feed this data to a control centre. If there is an accidental odour release, the system will provide an alert.

  • It enables site managers to act fast if there is a leak

If you don’t act fast in the event of an odour problem, you could generate complaints and that small issue could get worse. With continuous odour monitoring, you can consistently detect odour control problems and act immediately.

  • It reduces nuisance complaints

Real-time odour monitoring helps to reduce nuisance complaints by giving you time to resolve issues before they generate complaints. Electronic noses can be used to detect high levels of odour escaping out into the atmosphere.

  • It enables changes to operations that improve odour control

Perhaps the biggest benefit to odour monitoring is it enables management to make good decisions for potential changes to operations and new site developments related to odour control. Solutions can be designed, rather than thrown in.

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Getting a correct picture of your odour levels is key to making sure that any odour removal solutions are appropriately specified. Email us at info@osiltd.com or call us on +44 (0) 1543 506855 to discuss your odour monitoring needs.