Community Noise

Community Noise

Available as 1-day course


noise01The United States Congress intended that states and cities retain primary responsibility for control of community noise when it passed the Noise Control Act of 1972. This has resulted today in a diversity of noise regulations among local communities and states, as well as in many locations that lack any noise ordinances at all. The widely varying approaches to regulating noise in communities pose a significant challenge to companies that operate multiple facilities, and to the people charged with the responsibility to assess compliance with those regulations.
A health, safety, and environment professional may need to evaluate community noise for several reasons:
1. Compliance of noise produced by facilities operating in regions with local ordinances,
2. Determination of acceptable noise levels and noise characteristics for new equipment,
3. Evaluation of site suitability for a new facility,
4. Resolution of complaints from neighbors.
The course material is structured to enable health, safety, and environment professionals to meet the unique survey needs described above. The instructors will also cover the various types of community noise regulation, factors and conditions affecting sound propagation outdoors, instrumentation and survey procedures for measuring noise, and how to interpret the data.


Upon completion of this training course, the attendees should be able to understand and apply the community noise concepts to:
Describe the various types of Federal, State, and local noise regulations;
Conduct a community noise survey and determine compliance based on the criteria specified in all applicable regulations;
Identify factors that affect outdoor sound propagation; and
Predict the impact new equipment, new facilities, or plant expansion projects will have on the existing ambient noise environment and regulatory compliance.


Introduction and Course Objectives • Concepts in Community Noise: Federal, State, and Local Regulations • Factors and Conditions Affecting Sound Propagation Outdoors • Workshop 1 – Predicting Sound Levels at Property Line Locations • Measuring Community Noise: Instrumentation and Survey Protocol • Workshop 2 – Conducting a Community Noise Survey • Interpreting Survey Data and Determining Regulatory Compliance • Course Conclusion & Wrap Up


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