THE RIGHT LAB FOR YOUR ODOUR SAMPLES
Updated 12th August 2020
ALL YOU NEED IS A LAB
At Silsoe Odours, many clients find our integrated approach to odour assessment, testing and management highly beneficial. However, with such a huge range of odour services available, you may need a simpler solution. For this reason, we offer odour testing as a standalone service.
We know it can be challenging to find a reliable laboratory to test your odour samples. Silsoe Odours is industry leading in both service and quality. What’s more, we’re pleased to back our claims with credentials. Indeed in 2005, we became the first odour lab in the UK to receive UKAS accreditation. We’ve successfully achieved this every year since. In fact we received our sixteenth successful UKAS audit at the beginning of 2020 (find out more here).
However, don’t just take our word for it. In this article we give you a chance to hear from our clients too, to demonstrate the experience you can expect with us. So, please do read on to find out more. You can also visit the testimonials section of our website.
HOW DO I TAKE ODOUR SAMPLES?
In the first place, it’s important to ensure you take your odour samples in line with the requirements of European Standard BSEN13725:2003. So if you’re not immediately clear on what this means, it might be an idea to ask us about our odour sampling services too.
On the other hand, if you’re a sustainability or environmental consultant, operator or regulator familiar with the process of taking odour samples correctly, our ‘lab only’ service may be just what you need.
On the condition that your sampling methodology complies with the relevant olfactometry standards, then we can analyse your odour samples. If you’re not sure, there’s a handy reference list at the bottom of this article to help.
Furthermore we are happy to talk through anything you’re not clear on. Simply give us a call on 01525 860222.
WHAT ARE ODOUR SAMPLES USED FOR?
As soon as you provide us with your odour samples, we can then test them for a number of different things. Obviously the specifics will depend on your requirements, but could include the following:
ODOUR CONCENTRATION – gives an emission source an objective number for use in the calculation of emissions
ODOUR INTENSITY – provides a qualitative scale to rank the perceived strength; very faint to extremely strong
ODOUR CHARACTERISATION – a description of the odour at just above the detection level
HEDONIC TONE – provides a quantitative scale to rate how unpleasant an odour is
CHEMICAL ANALYSIS – identifies the individual compounds contained in a sample with odour
ODOUR DETECTION THRESHOLD – provides a numerical value for a compound’s odour
THE ODOUR PANEL AT SILSOE ODOURS
WHAT DO OUR CLIENTS SAY?
H&M Environmental Ltd
“Silsoe Odours are invaluable to me as a partner for testing odour samples. I use their laboratory services, on average, several times each month, for many of my clients.
“Silsoe Odours are a great source of expertise and allow me to offer clients an integrated odour consultancy experience, without the associated overhead and resourcing costs of operating my own laboratory.
“They understand both my needs as an independent environmental consultant, and those of my clients – whether utilities or multi-national operators.
“The flexibility and ease of working with Silsoe Odours is hugely valuable. I don’t hesitate to recommend their services.”
Director, H&M Environmental Ltd
H&M provides specialist odour monitoring and measurement services.
“At Biogen, we regularly take odour samples from around our sites. This forms part of our Best Practice activities within our Odour Management Plans. By being proactive, we’re able to demonstrate compliance with our operating permits to the regulator, and ensure we’re not impacting the communities we work alongside.
“Our in-house teams conduct the odour sampling activities, with Silsoe Odours completing the subsequent odour testing. I knew of Silsoe Odours from my previous role, and from attending their Odour Study Day training course. We’ve now been working closely with them for over 10 years , and they have proven themselves a highly trusted partner.
“The team at Silsoe Odours are knowledgeable and friendly, and the laboratory services they provide are second-to-none. I cannot recommend them enough for their understanding of our business needs, flexibility and efficiency. Their odour specialists are also a valued source of helpful, prompt advice.”
Director of Compliance, Biogen
Biogen is the UK’s leading operator of anaerobic digestion plants with over 20 years of working in the food waste recycling industry.
MORE ABOUT ODOUR SAMPLING GUIDELINES
Finally, as we referenced above, there are a number of different guidelines available if you’re taking odour samples. Here’s our handy reference list:
European Standard BS EN13725:2003
You’ll need to purchase this one – click here for a link to the BSI shop
Institute of Air Quality Management
Guidance on the assessment of odour for planning – July 2018 version
Odour Study Day (CPD-Certified, IAQM-Endorsed & CIWEM Accredited Odour Training)
If you’d like to find out more about odour assessment, sampling and management, take a look at the Odour Study Day training course
TALK TO OUR LAB TEAM
Would you like to find out more about our ‘lab only’ service and how we can support you with your odour samples? Please do give us a call on 01525 860222 or click below to get in touch.