Odor Logging

Bad odor events usually signal the presence of hydrogen sulfide, methane, and other dangerous gases. Keeping track of them and investigating their origin is important for health and safety. This page collects **resources to keep track of bad odor events** for further investigating their origin and their potential effects on people. _"The most accessible and sophisticated environmental monitoring equipment is made available to most humans in the forms of noses, eyes, tongues, ears and skin."_ --[Sara Sage](https://publiclab.org/profile/sarasage) ###Odor Log 1.0 You can use the [Odor Log 1.0](https://publiclab.org/notes/imvec/02-18-2018/odor-log-1-0) to keep track of the events just using paper, pen and your nose. Use these steps as guidance: - [Download a printable log](https://gitlab.com/imvec/odor-log/raw/master/v1.0/odor_log_1.0.pdf) - Coordinate with some neighbours to simultaneously track the bad odor events in different points of your neighbourhood/town. - Decide the length of the monitoring. Take at least a 2 week long record if the events are on a daily basis. If events are for example, once a week, consider taking a longer log. - Note on the log every day even if there's no bad odor event. - Take a picture of every page of your log pages or scan them. - Then send the files with the results to your local authorities, perhaps with carbon copies to some newspapers and the EPA or the environmental authority in your state or country. Doing this, a record of your public complaint will be kept in several entities and mail servers. Using the Odor Log 1.0 you can go from an undefined _"there are lots of bad odor events in my area"_ to a documented _"we've counted xxxx number of bad odor events located in A, B, C, and D places"_... ###Online Odor Log 1.0 Based on the Odor Log 1.0 you can follow the same protocol (coordinate - decide - monitor) using the Online Odor Log v1.0 developed using the Free Open Source software Ushahidi for real time reporting, and share bad odor events in your area. Visit the map and explore collected data at [**odorlog.com**](https://odorlog.ushahidi.io) #### Adding a launcher to your phone You can also create an Android or iOS launcher for your mobile phone. Just visit the [**survey url**](https://odorlog.ushahidi.io/posts/create/6) and bookmark it using Chrome or Safari. Click on "add to home screen" or " create launcher". You'll get a new launcher on your phone so you'll be able to report an event in your area just with one click. ###Documents Documents and manuals about odor detection, identification and monitoring can be found on many sites on the web. Please feel free to add your findings. - [**Community assesment of environmental odors**](https://cloud.disroot.org/s/ZO3QFy09v5Zff0K), by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. - [**Citizen Collected Evidence Information Packet**](http://nube.imaxinaria.org/index.php/s/Ar0VrUiSTZiXrZp), by the Bureau of Air Quality Control of the City of Houston. - [**Standardized odor measurement practices for air quality testing**](https://cloud.disroot.org/s/E3VTyTw0whVNsnp), by Charles M. McGinley. - [**The smell report, an overview of facts and findings**](https://cloud.disroot.org/s/DSDm9EtVITGsfdi), by Kate Fox, Director of the Social Issues Research Centre. - [**Odor pollution in the environment and the detection instrumentation**](https://cloud.disroot.org/s/oIdAi4c31oGVSkI), by Arief Sabdo Yuwono. - [**Odor thresholds for hazardous air pollutants**](https://cloud.disroot.org/s/e1FZd2ak3jYVpPf), by the Environmental Protection Agency - [**Overview of odor measurement techniques**](http://livestocktrail.illinois.edu/uploads/sowm/papers/p59-74.pdf), by M. Susan Brewer and Keith R. Cadwallader, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, University of Illinois. ###Questions [questions:odor] ###Activities [activities:odor] ###Research notes [notes:odor] ...

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bhamster "This comment on a question about wastewater (including sewage) has some info on odors: https://publiclab.org/questions/bhamster/07-28-2021/what-are..." | Read more » about 1 year ago
liz "I looked up what government agency deals with housing in Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/page/solve-disagreement-your-landlord-or-tenant : This sta..." | Read more » about 1 year ago
liz "If it was my house, and no one was listening to me, i'd attempt to create an odor log: https://publiclab.org/wiki/odor. I'd get whatever was ready-..." | Read more » about 1 year ago
liz ""the stronger the odor, the better!" " | Read more » over 1 year ago
Ag8n "I'm sorry, but it's been a while. What's the current limit for VOCs and H2S? Thanks. " | Read more » over 1 year ago
sarasage "We are relying on odor as the main indicator. VOCs are prevalent in landfill odors and have a sweet smell; hydrogen sulfide is also prevalent and h..." | Read more » over 1 year ago
Ag8n "In the past, this company was using PVC ( polyvinylchloride). If this is still being used, the most major issue from PVC degradation is HCl (hydr..." | Read more » about 3 years ago
stevie "This came in from Molly Jacobs, Environmental Health Initiative Project Manager at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production: Agency for Toxic..." | Read more » about 3 years ago
jjcreedon "Just want to make sure it’s an EPA approved lab.. that’s all. We have partnered w ALS .. cause of this plus they’re very well known nationally " | Read more » about 3 years ago
stevie "Sarah Martik from the Center for Coalfield Justice recommended: "holding some town halls to talk about what happened and what that means, and then ..." | Read more » about 3 years ago
stevie "I also heard about Performance Analytical, Inc. in CA. @JackieJamesCreedon is there a reason for that specific lab out of CA? It looks like they h..." | Read more » about 3 years ago
Engineerjaykumar "Yeh! here is a research topic about Pollution of groundwater due to extensive use of fertilizers. and Phosphorus concentrations in irrigation, flo..." | Read more » about 3 years ago
joyofsoy "Thanks @Engineerjaykumar! Do you know if there are specific chemicals/compounds tied to specific effects? For example, could you say that high lev..." | Read more » about 3 years ago
joyofsoy "ALS Environmental in N CA— Jackie James (@JackieJCreedon) December 6, 2019 " | Read more » about 3 years ago
joyofsoy "Community science and media - appeal to people’s conscious— Jackie James (@JackieJCreedon) December 6, 2019 " | Read more » about 3 years ago
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lubcarreon "I’m worried about pesticides, herbicides being cancerigenous or mutagenic and I have pets and young kids living in the area and they breath whateve..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
lubcarreon "Thank you! " | Read more » over 3 years ago
lubcarreon "No, I’m in south Texas :-( " | Read more » over 3 years ago
silentsairam " The changes of photosynthesis and physiological indexes of plants can reflect the pollution of the atmospheric environment, such as the determinat..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
stevie "Hi! Public Lab recently put out a publication on Odor you can explores the articles here. I'm not sure what people are usually spraying when they ..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
sarasage "Are you in California, by any chance? " | Read more » over 3 years ago
warren "Odour pollution has been consistently ignored by Governments when considering their environmental policies. This is despite it being the second mos..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago