Asphalt, also known as bitumen, is a sticky, black, and semi-solid form of petroleum. It has a mixture of different compounds containing hydrogen, sulphates and carbon, which are smelly.
Asphalt is a commonly used material for building roads as it can help achieve a firmer surface. Heat exposure can make the smell of asphalt stronger when it radiates into the atmosphere. The odor is overpowering that it’s the only smell detected in the air.
Asphalt odour is dangerous, and too much exposure can lead to lung cancer, tuberculosis and cancer. It is also why asphalt plants should be miles away from the neighbourhood, and asphalt plant owners should consider the health of people living around the area.
On the other hand, asphalt odors can be controlled using a custom odor solution to decrease the odor concentration.
Sophisticated asphalt companies use the “warm fix asphalt” technology, which emits fewer pollutants to the air and is considered relatively safe.
Nevertheless, it is vital to control asphalt odor to avoid health risks.