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 problem for many in construction, demolition and general industry. This is also challenging for transport industries like road and rail. The leisure industry also has to recognise their impact and ensure monitoring and maintenance of acceptable levels; especially if the location is already associated with high noise levels for example motorsport venues and outdoor music events.
Urban noise monitoring covers the management of all areas of noise including noise levels, solving noise complaints, policing noise limits, producing reports and taking action when limits have been exceeded.
The European Union has implemented a directive on environmental noise (2002/49/EC) aiming to avoid, prevent or reduce the harmful effects of exposure to environmental noise.
Reduction of the noise levels can be very expensive so it is important to know exactly which areas have the greatest problems before investing in noise reduction mitigation.
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