The Olf is a unit used to measure the strength of a pollution source. It was introduced by Danish professor P. Ole Fanger; the name "Olf" is derived from the Latin word olfactus, meaning "smelled".
One Olf is the sensory pollution strength from a standard person defined as an average adult working in an office or similar non–industrial workplace, sedentary and in thermal comfort, with a hygienic standard equivalent of 0.7 baths per day and whose skin has a total area of 1.8 square metres. It was defined to quantify the strength of pollution sources which can be perceived by humans.
Examples of typical scent emissions
|Sitting person||1 olf|
|Heavy Smoker||25 olf|
|Synthetic fibre||0.4 olf/m²|
|Rubber gasket||0.6 olf/m²|
- Fanger, O. P.: Introduction of the Olf and the Decipol Units to Quantify Air Pollution Perceived by Humans Indoors. In: Energy and Buildings. 12, 1988, 1-6