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This guidance sheet forms part of a series of guidance sheets on preventing and managing offensive odours, and should be read in conjunction with EPA Victoria’s Odour Guidance for Industry webpage.
Figure 1 – Examples of industrial chemical scrubbing.
Image provided by Chris Bydder.
Chemical scrubbers remove odour causing particles and some gases from air stream exhaust. They work by dissolving or absorbing the odour causing particles into the scrubbing media, which is traditionally a liquid. Modern chemical scrubbers can also be dry powders (dry scrubbers, venturi reactors), or slurries.
Chemical scrubbers are very popular odour reduction methods and can be used in a variety of industries that produce fumes/gases.
Suitable for: commonly used to control ammonia, chlorine, sulphur, carbon dioxide, or highly acidic gases including fluoride. Chemical scrubbing can also be used to remove mercury.
Industries that would use this: generally, industries with chemical processes, metal finishing, sewage treatment, other industrial applications that produce fumes/gases will find chemical scrubbing the most beneficial.
There are many different chemical scrubbing options, which one you use at your business or site will depend on several factors:
A suitably qualified professional can assist in the selection of the most appropriate type of chemical scrubber for your business. For information on engaging a suitably qualified professional, please see EPA's guide to engaging a consultant.
Once implemented, there are several considerations to keep in mind:
Safe work Australia code of practice - Managing risks of hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
Page last updated on 26 Jun 2019