Complaints of odours are common and have been reported in association with waste disposal, water treatment, industrial installations and chemical incidents. Odours can be unpleasant and may affect one’s quality of life. Response to odour can range from annoyance, nuisance to health effects.
- Odour frequently asked questions
Odour frequently asked questions (PDF, 33 KB)
This information provides answers to questions that may arise when investigating an odour complaint.
- Odour complaints checklist
Checklist for odour complaints (PDF, 79 KB)
This guidance is aimed at environmental and public health practitioners, the document includes; questions to ask when investigating an odour complaint; information regarding odour charateristics and detection threshold levels and information regarding sensory effects of odour.
- Articles published in the Chemical Hazards and Poisons Reports
Articles published by the HPA on odour incidents and research into the public health impact of odours.
- The Bullring incident [external link]
Fisher P. 2010. Issue 16, p4
- Odours as sensory triggers of chemical incidents [external link]
Smethurst et al. 2010. Issue 16, p24
- Problems at a commercial composting site [external link]
Nicholls M et al. 2009, Issue 14, p23
- Strange odours in the South East [external link]
Smethurst et al. 2008. Issue 13, p7
- Investigating an odour incident in a residential care home [external link]
Keshishian et al. 2008. Issue 13, p10
- Chemical incidents at an acute hospital trust, April 2007 [external link]
Cathcart S et al. 2008. Issue 11, p10
- Odour complaints in the vicinity of a landfill: should the local Health Protection Unit be involved? [external link]
Harrison H et al. 2007. Issue 10, p15
- An unusual problem in a primary school: a case of idiopathic environmental illness? [external link]
Perrett K et al. 2007. Issue 9, p9
- Sandon Dock: Investigation of odour complaints - are the a 'real' health issue? [external link]
Jarvis R et al. 2006. Issue 6, p8