Shhh! International Noise Awareness Day
International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) was established by the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) to raise awareness about the harmful effects of noise on hearing, health and quality of life. Since its inception in 1996, INAD has grown to include participants in every state in the USA, as well as groups in countries on virtually every continent around the globe.
Participants celebrate by planning activities in their local communities that address their most urgent noise issues. For some, that involves hosting hearing screenings or hearing protection workshops, observing one minute of silence at 2:15 p.m., or conducting a poster contest in schools to encourage healthy hearing practices. Others advocate for changes in legislation or promote technology that can make the world a little quieter. Increasingly INAD participants are lending their voice through social media messaging.
Why do we care so much about unwanted noise? In the short term, noise causes stress (a well-established fact), and stress is hazardous to our health. In the long term, noise causes hearing loss—and hearing loss itself is detrimental to our health and well-being. A growing body of research links hearing loss with social isolation, depression, an increased risk of falls, and even the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.
It is estimated by the European Environment Agency that 22 million people suffer from chronic high levels of annoyance and 6.5 million people suffer from chronic high levels of sleep disturbance as a result of long-term noise exposure.
Source – noiseawareness.org
Noise can be defined as any unwanted sound. Noise from road, rail and air traffic, industries, construction and public work is considered as the main sources of environmental noise. All noise except noise at the industrial workplace is considered as environmental noise.
Verde Environmental Noise Monitoring
Noise monitoring in the industrial sector generally involves monitoring of source noise or monitoring of noise at site boundaries or noise sensitive locations to ensure compliance with specified noise limits.
Verde Environmental Consultants can provide our clients with the necessary technical expertise and experience to design noise monitoring programmes to measure noise levels in relation to EPA, IPC / IE licensing, or planning permission-specified limits. Occupational noise monitoring is also required for some operations to protect staff and ensure compliance with Health and Safety regulations.
Our Services include:
- Community noise measurement and complaint response.
- Noise impact assessments for planning applications.
- Predictive modelling and design of noise reduction strategies.
- Measurement and assessment of occupational noise exposure.
- Construction and operational noise management.
- Specialist guidance on noise standards and publications;
- ISO 1996, BS4142, BS 8233, ISO EN 61400-11, ETSU-R-97 etc.
- Wind Farm Noise Impact Assessment and Compliance Monitoring
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