noise exposure News

  • Estimating exposure to excessive noise in cities

    The 2002 Environmental Noise Directive seeks to provide a uniform basis for measuring and addressing noise pollution, one of the most important urban environmental issues for the EU. New research has assessed city-dwellers' exposure to noise and proposes traffic management strategies to reduce harmful levels. Clear evidence is growing for wide-ranging negative health effects of noise pollution, ...

  • Noise exposure estimation methods compared

    It is difficult to compare estimates of noise exposure across EU Member States because the methods used to produce the data vary between countries. A new study has investigated five methods of estimating noise exposure and identified some of the reasons for variation in the data they produce. In order to comply with the European Noise Directive (END)1, EU Member States have produced ...

  • 01dB: How to estimate your noise exposure and your vibration exposure...

    The risk assessment caused by noise and vibration allows the identification of exposed workers and a good knowledge of sound and vibration situations to define an adapted action plan. Many workers are exposed daily to occupational noise and vibration. Extended exposure of individuals to intense noise levels generates hearing loss and important deafness troubles. Regarding vibration levels, it can ...


    By ACOEM

  • Noise exposure good practice guide from Europe

    The European Environment Agency have published a good practice guide for the assessment of noise exposure and potential health effects. It is intended to assist practiioners and policy makers tasked with implementing the Environmental Noise Directive. It covers exposure response relationships. risk assessment and quality targets. the guide also contains useful guides to terminology and ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Exposure to Environmental Noise - World Health Organisation Report

    Exposure to environmental Noise If you are exposed to environmental noise such as motorised transport, you may experience feelings of stress and discomfort. Monitoring these noise levels is important to protect yourself and workers exposed to high levels of noise, whether it be industrial or environmental.   There are many different sources of environmental ...


    By Shawcity Limited

  • Noise and Occupational Exposure Risks Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses occupational exposure risks to noise.  “OSHA reports that twenty-two million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year,” said Paul Cochrane, President of ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Environment: Speaking the same language on noise exposure

    Quantifying noise exposure will be significantly easier thanks to a new set of common noise assessment methods published today. Comparable data on noise exposure in Europe is a prerequisite to set up EU policies to reduce noise pollution, a growing health and economic concern all over Europe. The new methods – known as Common Noise Assessment Methods in Europe (CNOSSOS-EU) – were ...

  • Traffic noise exposure usefully assessed by END digital maps

    Digital noise maps developed under the EU’s Environmental Noise Directive (END) are a useful way of assessing traffic noise exposure for local residents, according to a recent Swedish study. The END maps could also be used to standardise noise exposure information in noise and health research. Environmental noise, from sources including road, rail and air traffic, not only causes annoyance ...

  • Loss of healthy life due to UK noise exposure valued at €1.34 billion

    Exposure to environmental noise levels above recommended levels results in 1169 cases of dementia, 788 strokes and 542 heart attacks every year in the UK alone, new research suggests. Valuing a year of healthy life at £60 000 (€74 002) means that these health impacts together have a ‘cost’ of £1.09 billion (€1.34 billion), the study’s authors conclude. ...

  • Long-term exposure to railway noise linked to reduced cognitive performance

    Residents living near a busy railway line in Strasbourg were found by researchers to have reduced cognitive function compared to residents in quieter areas, which may be the result of long-term exposure to night-time noise. Psychological tests suggested that they had not adapted to the noise over the years, and they did not become less affected with time. Rising noise levels across Europe are an ...

  • EEA draws the first map of Europe`s noise exposure

    The European Environment Agency (EEA) has launched the most comprehensive map of noise exposure to date, revealing the extent to which European citizens are exposed to excessive acoustic pollution. The NOISE (Noise Observation and Information Service for Europe) database provides, at the click of a mouse, a picture of the numbers of people exposed to noise generated by air, rail and road traffic ...

  • Pulsar noise dosemeters: intelligent cable free technology to capture noise exposure at work

    Model 22 Noise Dosimeter is the smallest of the Pulsar Instruments plc range of sound measuring equipment designed to be used in many industries such as manufacturing, construction, chemical, mining, highway maintenance to name a few.   The company, which is fast becoming one of the leading manufacturers and ...


    By Pulsar Instruments plc

  • Urban Noise Monitoring with the Invictus Noise Monitors

    The monitoring of boundary noise levels in urban locations is a high priority as the background noise levels in these environments are potentially already high. When working on new developments in urban locations situated near residents you are responsible for maintaining your noise levels within acceptable limits Monitoring and maintaining acceptable noise levels in urban environments can be a ...


    By Cirrus Environmental

  • EU to limit health risks from exposure to noise from personal music players

    Consumers will benefit from new default settings on personal music players set at safe exposure levels, as well clear warnings on the adverse effects of excessive exposure to high sound levels, following a decision by the European Commission this week. In October 2008, the EU Scientific Committee SCENIHR 1 , warned that listening to personal music players at a high volume over a sustained period ...


    By European Commission

  • Transport noise: the health impacts of noise pollution

    Whilst living in cities, near airports or road and rail links, might prove useful for the commute, the noise levels can sometimes be too much to bear. A growing body of research reveals, transport noise can cause sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease, elevated hormone levels, psychological problems and even premature death; studies on children have identified cognitive impairment, worsened ...

  • Scientists warn of health risks from exposure to noise from personal music players

    Listening to personal music players at a high volume over a sustained period can lead to permanent hearing damage, according to an opinion of the EU Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) released today. The scientific opinion shows that 5-10% of personal music player listeners risk permanent hearing loss, if they listen to a personal music player for more ...

  • Noise measurement safeguards hearing

    Unchecked noise levels at work can lead to hearing loss Anyone who has seen the latest figures of civil claims for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) will appreciate the scale of the problem.  The Institute of Actuaries’ latest estimate is that around 80,000 new claims were made in the last year in the UK, representing a substantial increase from the previous year. In fact, ...


    By Pulsar Instruments plc

  • Noise Measurement…. Easy, dose it!!

    Pulsar Instruments Plc, a leading manufacturer and reseller of sound measurement products have recently launched their new and improved noise doseBadge system. The kit now includes a new ‘fast charge’ function on the updated charger unit, meaning the badges can be fully charged and ready to use in as little as three hours.   This represents real savings in terms of time and ...


    By Pulsar Instruments plc

  • Revolutionary Personal Noise Dosimeters

    The Svantek SV 104 is the most powerful and versatile noise dosimeter on the market. The three independent dosimeter profiles provide simultaneous measurements for OSHA PEL, OSHA HCA, ACGIH, or custom configurations in real-time within the compact dosimeter. These profiles allow safety professionals to perform multiple simultaneous surveys resulting in cost and time savings. Additionally, the ...


    By Sensidyne

  • Worker exposure to amputation hazards and excessive noise leads to serious and willful violations cited following US Department of Labor OSHA investigation

    A complaint investigation found workers at Buchman Lumber Co. LLC were exposed to excessive noise and amputation hazards at the Springbrook lumber plant. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the company for 17-including four willful-violations and proposed penalties of $145,200. OSHA has placed the company in its ...

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