Odour Control In Various Business Premises

In any business premises, manufacturing of processing plants, a myriad of scents is produced. These scents could either be pleasant, therefore attract clients, or they could be nasty and therefore repel both employees and clients. As a rule of thumb, all businesses and especially those in the manufacturing, processing, restaurants or waste management industries must have an effective odour control policy. But why is odour control important? What should businesses do in order to eliminate odours in their premises?


Importance of odour controlThe success of any business is centred on the productivity of their employees. This productivity is mainly driven by the availability of a friendly work environment. The presence of horrible odours throughout the day affects the physical and mental health of employees and therefore limits their productivity. By instituting proper odour control mechanisms, your business is providing a suitable and friendly work environment that ultimately results in greater productivity and profitability.


Clients constantly flock into business premises for various services or to purchase products. Odours not only repel clients but they also create a negative brand image that will be passed on to the client's family members, friends and those who may request for their opinion on your business. As such, your business may have the best services or products but due to the damage on the brand image, getting clients will be an uphill task.


All businesses operate in a community and it is in such communities where they derive their clients, their employees and even some of their ideas. However, peaceful coexistence is required for the community to welcome the business. Odours, unlike other waste products, cannot be hidden from the community and when the odour becomes a nuisance the community will report your business to the authorities. This may result in revocation of operation permits and licenses and it ultimately destroys your ties to the community. In some cases, where this damage is extensive, repairing it may be an exercise in futility.








Odour control policies


First, it is important for a business to realise that the introduction of pleasant scents in the presence of odour does not constitute an effective odour control mechanism. Why? The interaction of the odour and the introduced scents may result in a different odour all together. So, how does an efficient odour control mechanism look like?


It is important for businesses in the processing and manufacturing industries to identify the processes that result in the unpleasant odour. Then, the business must identify equipment that can be incorporated into these processes such that the waste air- containing the odour- is effectively collected and purified before it is released into the atmosphere. This way, unpleasant odours do not find their way into the atmosphere either within the business premises or the community. While this may seem like an expensive affair, especially for smaller businesses, it is an essential aspect and failure to comply may ultimately result in business closure. Would your small business rather comply or face closure in future?


In other cases, instituting an effective cleaning mechanism can eliminate certain kinds of odours, for example, odours resulting from restrooms in public areas such as restaurants.  Ensuring that the washrooms are frequently cleaned can eliminate odour build up. In addition, the establishment should invest in proper cleaning gear and agents such that once the facilities are properly cleaned, the odours are also eliminated. This can be coupled with the use of proper HVAC systems in such areas as well as air fresheners.