Odour management: An introduction to odour regulation, assessment and control: Training

4 October 2018, Wakefield

This course provides delegates with a thorough understanding of how environmental odours are assessed, managed and regulated. It is suitable for anyone who is involved with the regulation, control or management of odours, and in particular is likely to be of value to people involved in the following sectors

  • Sewage treatment
  • Local authority environmental health and planning control
  • Waste management
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Environment Agency staff
  • Environmental managers

The content is delivered by two senior consultants from Odournet UK Ltd, the UK’s foremost environmental odour consultancy, who between them have over 20 years’ experience focussing exclusively on environmental odours. The practical working knowledge of the presenters means that the key issues of relevance are extracted from the wealth of (sometimes conflicting) guidance and practice.

The course covers a wide range of areas including:

  • The differing ways in which odours can be measured,
  • How emissions and impact are controlled under the various regulatory regimes,
  • How abatement plant can be used to control odours and
  • The requirements for preparing robust odour management plans.


The day will be broken down into the following areas:

1. Introduction/regulatory basis for odour.

An introduction to how odour emissions and impact are regulated under the planning, statutory nuisance and licensing/permitting regimes.

2. Odour sampling – methods and equipment used, accreditations.

Commonly applied odour sampling methods that are used for point sources, area sources (tanks, lagoons etc), abatement plant etc, including a summary of the available accreditations and their importance in obtaining meaningful data (including practical demonstration).

3. Odour abatement and control – technologies, procedures etc. 

An overview and discussion of the effectiveness of the commonly applied odour abatement control techniques applied for controlling odorous emissions from industrial facilities, including at source and end of pipe techniques.

4. Field assessment techniques

How field assessment techniques can be used to assess odours, particularly in situations where gaining onsite odour measurement data is impractical.

5. Odour management plans

What guidance is available on preparing an OMP, when they are required, what an effective plan should contain, and what the key issues that should be considered are.

6. Odour analysis – methods, accreditations etc. 

Commonly applied odour analysis methods including olfactometry, trace gas and chemical speciation,

7. Impact assessment and dispersion modelling

Overview of the assessment techniques used for odour, their application and limitations for assessing odour impact risk.


Paul Ottley: Senior consultant at Odournet UK

Paul has specialised in odour measurement, modelling, impact assessment and abatement since 2005. He has experience in odour issues within many industrial sectors, with a specialism in the waste and wastewater sectors. Prior to joining Odournet Paul worked for the Environment Agency and South Derbyshire District Council.

Louise Warren – Senior Consultant at Odournet UK

Following an MPhil in Chemistry at Swansea University Louise worked for a multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy. She joined Odournet in 2005 and her current role involves management of odour sampling services and consultancy projects in a range of areas including the waste, food and chemical industries.

Sam Hantoosh:  Technical Advisor (Odour), Environment Agency – Odour regulation

Sam’s background is as a chemical engineer with site supervisory experience in both process industry and units operation design.  Following a masters degree in pollution science and chemical engineering at Brunel University, she has worked with the Environment Agency in different environment roles and now is head office advisor in odour, lead for training and evaluating the assessment and approval of odour emission control measures and plans for food and drink, waste and chemical sites.


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Cost per person
£350 (ex. 20% VAT)

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