Your guide to developing a holistic odour management plan

OdourPro on 1 August 2018

Odour management can be stressful if you've failed to think ahead. You may find that you're running from one crisis to another, trying to limit the damage. But there is a more systematic approach to odour control: creating a plan that addresses each area of concern in a proactive and effective way.

You can move from crisis management to planned execution by developing an odour management plan. OdourPro can help with our odour management consulting services.

Why do you need an odour management plan?

Odour management plans help you to think through the odour issues of your site in a holistic and systematic way. Developing the plan involves a process of identifying the sources of odour on your site, as well as its surrounding areas. Consideration must be given to the distance between your site and your neighbours, prevailing wind directions, and where the most severe issues may be experienced.

Once all the background work is done, you can focus your attention on the best odour control solutions for your needs. This is where the main benefits of an odour management plan are derived—choosing the best long-term strategy for odour control is always cheaper and more effective than trying to solve a crisis short-term.

What’s in an odour management plan?

Although every kind of site will focus on specific issues and will require different documents, there are a number of features most odour management plans have in common, some of which are outlined below:



For every odour management plan, terms of reference must be drawn up. These terms describe the intention and the limits of the plan. Contact details of key personnel are also included.


This section outlines the activities of the site. Each area is described in enough detail to understand the odours that may be generated.

Odour Sources

Based on the overview, this section lists individual odour sources. It includes an analysis of seasonal or day/night variances. Each source should be evaluated as to where the odour could be treated (e.g. chemical treatment that prevents the odour in the first place, or by treating the air containing odour compounds).

Odour Control

At this stage of the plan, specific technologies must be chosen for odour control. Specific performance targets should be set so that the appropriate technology to achieve those targets can be evaluated. However, other mitigating steps should also be considered and listed (e.g. inventory control, covering potential sources at the end of shift etc.).


Odour management plans should include the routine monitoring activities aimed at checking the performance of equipment and samples of water and air. Weekly, monthly, and yearly checklists should be developed and documented. In addition to this, a routine maintenance schedule for odour control equipment should be designed based on supplier recommendations.


Each facility should have a complaints procedure that outlines the steps that should be taken when an odour complaint is received.


Developing an odour management plan is a continuous process. A regular cycle of reviews and updates should be scheduled in from the start.

What can OdourPro do to help?

OdourPro has the technical expertise and experience to provide guidance with the development of an odour management plan from start to finish. We bring our broad industry experience to the process, while working with your asset management and operations staff on site-specific details.

In order to understand the site conditions, samples and field data may be required. OdourPro advises on where to get that data and what analysis should be performed. Our technical experts have the skills to analyse and interpret the data collected so that the best recommendations can be made.

Evaluating your odour management plan

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It is advisable to review and evaluate your odour management plan at least annually. Odour performance should be compared to the original targets. Complaints should be analysed to determine trends and whether any new corrective measures are needed.

Operational costs and equipment performance should all be reviewed to ensure your odour management plan is offering value according to your goals.

Contact OdourPro for odour management plans

Let OdourPro help you develop an odour management plan for your site. Our technical experts understand the industry issues, and we can help analyse your site-specific odour sources. We also provide ongoing services to maintain odour control equipment and to monitor performance against the plan.

Find out more about our odour management consulting services, or call our expert team on 1800 510 704 today to arrange a consultation.