The human nose has a well-deserved reputation as a detector with high sensitivity to many chemicals at extremely low concentrations. It has been estimated that by sniffing, man can detect more than 10,000 odorous chemicals. Although instruments are available today with sufficient sensitivity to detect concentrations of some odorants (such as methanol) that are below the odor threshold, it is generally accepted that the nose is at least 1000 times more sensitive than currently available instrument detectors.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at training session sponsored by Wilmington Section of the Instrument Society of America, Appeared in "Electrical Safety Practices", Monograph #113.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Instrument Society of America

    400 Stanwix Street
    Pittsburgh, PA  United States  15222
  • Authors:
    • Sullivan, F
  • Publication Date: 1971-11

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  • Accession Number: 00054216
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Instrument Society of America
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1974 12:00AM