Sensenet is launching a new odour threshold web shop

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The odour threshold shop   There is a need for Odour Threshold Values (OTV) for odorants with a certain quality as most of the data around is outdated and they were not made with a standard methodology in mind. That is why the company odournet is launching the first (to our knowledge) website for OTVs obtained by a laboratory accredited to ISO17025 as a testing laboratory for the measurement of odour concentration following EN13725.

   There are many compilations of odour thresholds around. Most of these compilations found on websites like flavournet, Leffingwell or the good scents company, are based mostly on values found in the published scientific literature, such as the EPA reports. Unfortunately most reported odour thresholds were obtained using old methodology which did not take into account significant operational variables. For example, a few months ago McGinley presented the influence of the panel size in the determination of the odour threshold. They also did not take into account the intensive standardization work made later during the nineties to publish the EN 13725. That is why odournet created the new website https://www.odourthreshold.com/

D-NOSES proposes innovative solutions to odour pollution problems by empowering citizens with citizen science and co-creation tools to become drivers for change

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DNOSES 20180425 kickoffmeeting   Zaragoza, Spain, 3rd May 2018 - The EU-funded D-NOSES project held its kick off meeting on the 25th & 26th April 2018 at the University College London campus. The project consortium, coordinated by the Ibercivis Foundation (Spain), is a world-class partnership comprising 15 partners which combines experts in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), citizen science and co-creation, International Associations, odour scientists, and includes universities and SMEs, local administration and public bodies from 9 countries.

   Across Europe, odour pollution is the second biggest reason for citizens’ environmental complaints, after noise. Frequent exposure to odour is associated with headache, stress and respiratory problems. Lead by the Ibercivis Foundation, experts in citizen science, and coordinated by the odour expert Rosa Arias, “D-NOSES will demonstrate that odour pollution is an indicator of larger environmental issues. It can affect our health and also contributes to climate change in the case of landfills or livestock facilities”. Due to the lack of regulation, situated technical studies are rarely conducted, so that data on odour pollution is either scarce or difficult to access. Without data it is difficult for affected groups to prove the impact on their communities and build a case for change.

Last days for Feedback Submissions of the Odour Guideline for Prescribed Premises in Western Australia

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DWER Odour draft reminder

    In January 2018, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) of Western Australia released a draft of an Odour guideline for prescribed premises designed to guide applicants, licensees, consultants, members of the public and Department staff on the requirements for odour impact risk analysis.

   The public consultation will finish the next 19 April 2018, so if you have any comments related to this topic, the Western Australia Department is still seeking feedback on this draft guideline.

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