WHO NOISE GUIDELINES

NEW WHO NOISE GUIDELINES WEDNESDAY 16 JANUARY 2019 RIBA, 66 PORTLAND PLACE, LONDON W1B 1AD
NEW WHO NOISE GUIDELINES
WEDNESDAY 16 JANUARY 2019
RIBA, JARVIS HALL, 66 PORTLAND PLACE, LONDON W1B 1AD

The new WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region were launched 10th October at a special event held in Basel.  The long-awaited document updates the previous WHO guidance and contains the latest evidence regarding the adverse impacts that exposure to noise can cause to health and well-being.

One of the main differences with the previous guidelines is that the impact of road, rail and air transport noise are treated separately.  In addition, there are new sections on noise from wind turbines and leisure noise.

The WHO note that the new guidelines now show stronger evidence of cardiovascular and metabolic effects of environmental noise.  In addition, the document includes relationships between noise exposure and the risk of a health outcome.

The guidelines are the result of several years of work, systematically reviewing evidence from around the world about the impacts of noise.  Professor Stephen Stansfeld chaired the Guidelines Development Group and says “These guidelines have been developed based on the growing body of evidence in the field of environmental noise research.  They aim to support public health policy that will protect communities from the adverse effects of noise, as well as stimulate further research into the health effects of different types of noise”.

The guidelines run to around 180 pages, including annexes and references, so they will take a bit of digesting.  The Institute recognises the importance of this document and is holding this one-day meeting to discuss the guidelines.  One of the key speakers will be Professor Stansfeld. 

For more information see:

http://www.euro.who.int/en/publications/abstracts/environmental-noise-guidelines-for-the-european-region-2018

http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/environment-and-health/noise/publications/2018/environmental-noise-guidelines-for-the-european-region-executive-summary-2018

https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/special_issues/WHO_reviews

16 January 2019
Royal Institute of British Architects
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