Odor thresholds and irritation levels of several chemical substances: a review

Am Ind Hyg Assoc J. 1986 Mar;47(3):A142-51. doi: 10.1080/15298668691389595.


A collation of odor threshold data for approximately 450 chemical substances is presented. The range of odor thresholds reported in the literature is shown along with any reported threshold of irritation to humans. These data can assist the industrial hygienist in determining when an "odor" may be in excess of the Threshold Limit Value, when an organic vapor respirator is not acceptable due to the lack of an odor warning at the end of a cartridge life, and where odors may not indicate a hazard due to extremely low odor thresholds which may be well below the respective TLVs.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants, Occupational
  • Humans
  • Irritants*
  • Odorants*
  • Sensory Thresholds*
  • Smell*


  • Air Pollutants, Occupational
  • Irritants