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Proposal for monitoring worldwide noise exposure and assessing the effectiveness of national noise control policies and regulations.

Finegold, L*; Schomer, P*; von Gierke, H*; Berry, B F (1999) Proposal for monitoring worldwide noise exposure and assessing the effectiveness of national noise control policies and regulations. In: Proc. Internoise 99, 1999, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

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Abstract

This paper provides an overview of a recommended programme for an international collaborative effort to monitor worldwide noise exposure and to assess the effectiveness of national noise control programmes and policies. It has been recognised for many decades that personal and community noise exposures are problems requiring government control through appropriate national noise policies and regulations which adequately protect the public health and welfare. However, no major international effort has ever been conducted to assess the effectiveness of these policies in reducing the aggregate noise exposure of the world's citizenry. A vast amount of money and work effort are expended each year on all types of noise control programmes, generally without an adequate effort and appropriate methodology to assess their impact on the overall noise exposure of the affected populations. As a result, we still know very little about how the average daily exposure of people changes as a function of changes in government noise policies, life styles, increasing levels of technology, or deliberate noise control efforts.
The assessment process needs to include noise from all major sources impacting the human receiver. It would address individual, group and total population exposure through a combination of noise measurement and noise modelling approaches. The first step towards implementation of this programme would be formation of an international working group to develop the data collection methodology, perhaps under the sponsorship of the World Health Organisation, the International Committee on Biological Effects of Noise (ICBEN), or the International institute of Noise Control Engineering (I-INCE).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: Acoustics
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2018 13:18
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/2268

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