HOW TO SPRING CLEAN YOUR ODOUR PLANNING
TIME TO SPRING INTO ACTION
We can tell you, with great authority, that Spring begins on Monday 20th March. We know this because one of the team has a daughter with this exact birthday. She takes great pride in her birthday heralding the new (better, in her opinion) season. We are also well placed to remind you what to do during the spring to help minimise odour emissions. Now, if you took notes from our Seasonal Guide to Managing Odour, you know that spring is the ideal time to get your odour planning in order, and install or update any odour abatement equipment.
INSTALL AND MAINTAIN ODOUR CONTROL SYSTEMS
Issues with odour ramp up as temperatures do. As a result, spring is a great time to get essential maintenance and installation work done. Weather conditions were probably not good enough for this to happen during the winter. And summer is likely to be too hectic. So you are in the sweet spot for getting things done. We recommend reviewing your odour control equipment and systems over the cold months. If you didn’t manage that, however, now is the time. Once you have a clear understanding of any improvements you need, you can get going. Some of the key things to consider are:
- Check material containment systems work effectively and consider whether any upgrades are needed
- Review spillage and material disposal procedures
- Assess buildings for possible fugitive emission leaks
- Test odour abatement equipment is working correctly
- Ensure you have an ongoing maintenance plan in place for all of your odour control measures
Odour planning is really important and something that many sites neglect. As mentioned earlier in this article, in the hotter months, odour issues tend to raise their head. As a result, these months can often be hectic, and it is easy to miss things. For example, one thing that can fall through the gaps is getting your timing right for planning applications. Did you know that local authorities often require odour assessments for planning applications to take place between May and September? The reason for this is that in these months, you will likely get the best snapshot of the worst-case odour emissions at your site. If you miss this window, it could be the reason your planning application is later rejected. This will then cause project delays until the following May. So, make sure you plan all your odour requirements now, to avoid unwelcome surprises.
HELP WITH YOUR ODOUR PLANNING THIS SPRING
Our odour experts are well-equipped to help you plan for all your odour challenges. We have extensive experience across many different types of odour sources and industries. So we can give you the advice you need. To speak with our team, you can reach us on 01525 860222 in the first instance. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or click the button below. You can also keep up to date with odour news by following us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.