Odour Analysis

Odour analysis can play a key role in quantifying both the magnitude and composition of environmental nuisance odours released from industrial processes and various product materials.

Providing site operators and regulatory bodies with robust and accurate odour analysis data enables them to make informed decisions on setting appropriate environmental permit conditions and tailoring odour management plans on a site-specific basis.

Whether an odour abatement assessment is required to demonstrate compliance with a permit condition, or a new product requires odour emission profiling, Spectrums UKAS accredited odour laboratory can provide a comprehensive range of analytical services tailored to meet your specific needs.

Dust speciation and trace gas analysis

In addition to the odour analysis services mentioned above, spectrum also offer dust speciation and trace gas analysis to assist with occupational hygiene assessments and various forms of nuisance investigations or site perimeter monitoring.

Some of the specialist services on offer include:

  • Odour threshold concentration analysis carried out in accordance with the European reference standard BS EN 13725:2003 “Determination of odour concentration by Dynamic dilution Olfactometry”. This is the reference method for determining the strength of a particular odorant.
  • Hedonic tone assessments of odours carried out to VDI standards helps businesses to evaluate the degree of unpleasantness and the potential negative impact an odour may have on a community.
  • Odour intensity measurements to assess the perceived strength of an odour
  • Odour profiling and speciation analysis utilising Gas chromatography & Mass spectrometry allows the specific compounds creating a problematic odour to be targeted and treated.
  • Bespoke product certification and material emission test protocols can be developed which help lead clients to understand and optimise how their products perform in real world conditions.
  • Human odour acuity assessments and the certification of individuals working in the fields of odour assessment and regulation.
  • Dust speciation analysis can identify the specific source of nuisance dust and help identify and resolve long standing disputes between industrial operators and the public.

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