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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joyofsoy " @joyofsoy has marked @bronwen as a co-author. " | Read more » over 3 years ago
eustatic "https://www.biocycle.net/2014/02/21/the-compost-odor-wheel/ " | Read more » about 4 years ago
eustatic " you mean, besides the odor wheel? http://www.fivesenses.com/Documents/Library/33%20%20Odor%20Basics.pdf " | Read more » about 4 years ago
stevie "Can you explain more? This has been coming up a good bit lately! " | Read more » over 4 years ago
michaelwma " Thank you, I think I need to connect the scientists in the organizing group to this thread for more context. " | Read more » over 4 years ago
Ag8n " Suggestions- Identify polymers used in products produced. Hopefully, this will be supplied by Aluf. Identify possible hazardous ingredients of pr..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
Ag8n " The "repro" mentioned in the report is short for reprocessing. This plastic ha s seen a lot of heat and is much more likely to break down. Hence ..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
Ag8n "One other item got some attention. The company put some antimicrobials in some of their products. These can often be irritating to humans, especi..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
Ag8n " The sheets of polymer can be made out of many materials, some of which are PVC, LDPE, and HDPE. On top of this, there are a variety of materials ..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
Ag8n " This will take a while- so bear with m e. Many black plastic bags are made of polyvinyl chloride ( PVC). When this degrades, it generates hydroc..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
dacgmg40 " No , and yes in some cases ..... but that is a great question " | Read more » over 4 years ago
xose "Absolutely! Answered there ;D " | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "Made an issue here: https://github.com/publiclab/leaflet-environmental-layers/issues/93 " | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "Hi, @imvec @xose - we're looking to integrate this into Leaflet Environmental Layers so it appears on all maps on PublicLab.org and Mapknitter as a..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "I wonder if there is a simpler map convention that would not take up as much vertical space -- could the label control have text next to it, or cou..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
liz "Appreciating this work more and more each day! I just thought of a way to make it easier for people to know that there are layers to turn on, and ..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
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Ag8n "The air testing you did, that had something in it, but nothing that would hurt you. Are those reports available? And not just " no significant l..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
stevie "See SkyTruth Alerts that are reported for this area here: http://alerts.skytruth.org/subscribe?l=30.2602,-88.6521,30.4527,-88.4118#RSS There were ..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "Just adding this to the list! https://www.epa.gov/outdoor-air-quality-data/interactive-map-air-quality-monitors " | Read more » over 4 years ago
devinb "Actually it's an entity type. "Entities" are self-defined things (people, organizations, projects, etc) while "facets" aren't self-descriptive but..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "thanks, liz - you mentioned an "organization" type -- what would be an API endpoint for that one, @devinb? On Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 2:20 PM \<not..." | Read more » over 4 years ago