What is Olfactory Fatigue? Do you have it?

OIfactory Fatigue is a name for the common experience of losing sensitivity to odors after prolonged exposure.  If you work around the same odors all day, your body will adapt and the smell will weaken over time. Eventually, you will no longer be able to recognize the smell because you are experiencing Olfactory Fatigue. Olfactory Fatigue will go away if you have extended time away from a smell, but will soon after you return to it, come back.

Olfactory Fatigue is a sensory adaptation. It enables your body to adapt to prolonged exposure to smells so that your nervous systems doesn’t become overloaded, as it needs to be ready to respond to new smells.

What does this mean for you?  It means that even though you are not smelling harmful chemicals in the air, they can still be present. The chemicals you are breathing in are potentially hazardous even though your nose is not detecting the smell.  Putting systems and controls in place to properly manage and monitor these chemicals to ensure a safe working environment is the only way to overcome Olfactory Fatigue.

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