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Australasian Safety Services have experience providing noise monitoring services across a multitude of industries Australia-wide, including manufacturing, construction, mining, maritime, and government.

Environmental Nosie

Environmental Nosie

Australasian Safety Services have experience providing environmental noise monitoring services across a multitude of industries Australia-wide, including manufacturing, construction, mining, and government.

Noise is unwanted sound

Sound is what we hear. Noise is unwanted sound. The difference between sound and noise depends upon the listener and the circumstances. For example, rock music may be pleasurable sound to one person and annoying noise to another.

Environmental noise is defined as unwanted or harmful outdoor sound created by human activity, such as noise emitted by means of transport, road traffic, rail traffic, air traffic and industrial activity. Environmental noise is a pervasive environmental pollutant that leads to annoyance and can be perceived as stressful. The impacts on people reach from annoyance and sleep disturbance over direct impacts on the aural system, indirect physical impacts to cognitive impairments and psychological disorders. Noise impacts vary with exposure levels, time of day, sound source characteristics, peoples’ constitution, surrounding conditions and the cultural settings and may well change over time.

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Our Approach to Environmental Noise Monitoring

Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all approach to environmental noise monitoring. A high level of emphasis must be placed on consultation at the outset to ensure there is a thorough understanding of the problem at hand. Only once the problem is fully understood can strategies be developed to ensure the monitoring is undertaken correctly. To ensure practical and clear solutions can be applied, the noise data must be captured across the correct time frames. This can only be discerned through frank and open discussions with our clients.

Environment noise assessment

An environmental noise assessment may be as simple as taking some short-term 15 minute attended measurements at a single problem location, to multi location long-term continuous noise logging that could last a week, or a month at a time. Our acoustic consultants take the time to discern your problem and find the right solution to the problem.

Noise Environmental Protection Policies

The regulation of environmental noise is a minefield across jurisdictions. For the majority of states across Australia, there are state based Noise Environmental Protection Policies. These policies typically set out procedures for assessing noise from industry and sets noise goals for industry to achieve at noise sensitive locations. A few states regulate noise directly through regulations, whilst in NSW for example noise from industry is separated from noise from licensed premises which is regulated through the Office of Liquor, Racing and Gambling. There may also be local council by-laws that regulated noise, and some industries or individual businesses may have license conditions imposed on them by the relevant state-based EPA in order to operate, particularly if they are close to nearby residential areas.

The Environmental Noise Monitoring Process

Our highly experienced consultants can navigate the rules and regulations and ensure everyone is on the same page. One thing that doesn’t typically change between the states and territories though is Australian Standard that forms the backbone of undertaking an environmental noise assessment: AS1055:2018 Acoustics – Description and Measurement of Environmental Noise. This Standard sets out general procedures for the description and measurement of environmental noise, including repetitive impulsive noise. It defines the basic quantities to be used for the description of noise in community environments and provides basic procedures for the determination of these quantities. The Standard applies primarily to noise emitted from industrial, commercial and residential premises. It excludes the setting of environmental noise criteria. Such levels are set by regulations or organizational policy.
An example of some common parameters that the results of an assessment may be compared to are presented below. They are taken from Schedule 1 of Environmental Protection (Noise) Policy 2008 (QLD):

Sensitive receptor

Time of day
Acoustic quality objectives (measured at the receptor) dB(A)
Environmental value
LAeq,adj,1hr
LA10,adj,1hr
LA1,adj,1hr
dwelling (for outdoors)
daytime and evening
50

55

65

health and wellbeing
dwelling (for indoors)
daytime and evening

35

40

45

health and wellbeing
dwelling (for indoors)
daytime and evening

30

45

40

health and wellbeing , in relation to the ability to sleep

The Noise Monitoring Process

There are many other parameters listed within Schedule 1 of Environmental Protection (Noise) Policy 2008, and indeed across other regulatory instruments across Australia.
Our aim is to provide the results of any assessment in a report that is written plainly and concisely, whilst addressing all issues that formed the scope of work. We would ensure that both short-term and long-term recommendations are provided to allow individuals to sleep, study, learn or be involved in recreation, including relaxation and conversation, and meet the relevant environmental requirements.

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