Undesirable odors in the indoor environment can be a major distraction and interfere with the enjoyment and use of an indoor space. Some odors can be a sign of a contaminant source and in the case of environmental contaminates may impact the health and well-being of building occupants. RHP professionals conduct site investigations for suspicious and unpleasant odors in commercial buildings, public buildings and industrial facilities. We work with clients to provide mitigation recommendations so occupants including workers may resume normal work activities free of distraction.

Employers are often concerned whether an odor is simply a nuisance or may produce adverse health effects. RHP’s experience and understanding of the indoor environment and contaminants that are residuals to or by-products of commercial and manufacturing processes enable us to answer the question of concerning odors. Odor investigations involve a systematic approach beginning with understanding the nature of the odor and source (known or unknown) followed by an interview process of those who have experienced and/or are affected. State-of-the-art monitoring and testing equipment is used to collect data when assessing the level or concentration of a suspected contaminant. With this data, RHP Certified Industrial Hygienists and Safety Professionals can equate the results to human toxicity information. Air migration pathways and variable pressure conditions are often assessed to explain intermittent odors.

In our experience common odor sources include:

  • Sewer gas from piping or plumbing leaks
  • Hidden microbial growth from water intrusion and/or damp environments
  • Chemical off-gassing from building materials (VOCs)
  • Fire and smoke damage or residual
  • Chemicals and solvents absorption

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