handheld wearables   The ASTM Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation of Materials and Products has decided to begin developing a new standard for the sensory evaluation of small devices. This guideline is developed by the Subcommittee E18.07 on Personal Care and Household Evaluation and it is intended to be limited to products that are handheld and wearable devices.

   There is a lack of published guidance focused on small hand-held and worn devices and how to best evaluate sensory and psychometric properties and performance by consumers or trained assessors. There has been a large increase in the use of wrist-born activity monitors. The proposed guideline will cover the evaluation of these type and many other types of consumer products that fit within the scope of being a hand-held or worn small device and will address sensory and psychometric attributes related to the evaluation process, and general sensory data gathering guidelines to conduct a sensory evaluation of a small device.

imagen nicolasgarciacortada   This article analyses whether the current legislation on environmental authorisations of industrial activities allows the administrations to deal with the problem of odours.

   Within this regulatory framework the environmental administration of the Basque Country has developed a strategy for the management of the problem of odours.

 

 

N. Garcia-Borreguero, J. Martiarena and P. Uriarte

Servicio de Aire - Dirección de Administración Ambiental, Departamento de Medio Ambiente, Planificación Territorial y Vivienda, Gobierno Vasco (Basque Government)

farms   In Castilla y León there are many activities in the livestock and agri-food sector that are susceptible to emit annoying odors. There are also other activities that are dedicated to waste management that sometimes generate annoying odors.

   Regarding livestock activities, the control is carried out by the establishment of set-back distances between the farms and the receptors taking into account the direction of the usual winds, presence or other obstacles, etc. without carrying out controls or further actions.

J. Fernández1, M. Rodríguez2 and D. León3

1 Jefe del Servicio de Prevención Ambiental y Cambio Climático de la Consejería de Fomento y Medio Ambiente de la Junta de Castilla y León
2 Técnico del Servicio de Prevención Ambiental y Cambio Climático de la Consejería de Fomento y Medio Ambiente de la Junta de Castilla y León
3 Director del Laboratorio Regional de Calidad Ambiental del Servicio de Prevención Ambiental y Cambio Climático de la Consejería de Fomento y Medio Ambiente de la Junta de Castilla y León