Valuing impacts of noise on health -exposure response relationships in current UK guidance and the WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines 2018

Benjamin Fenech*, Georgia Rodgers

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Abstract

Following the publication of the Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region (ENG), a lot of debate has focused on the Guideline Recommendations, in particular the specific guideline levels and the strength of the recommendations. A sizeable proportion of the UK population is currently exposed to noise levels above the WHO recommendations, and it is important that policy and decision makers have access to an accurate quantification of the associated burden of disease. From this perspective, the systematic reviews of the scientific evidence, and the recommended exposure response functions are an equally important aspect of the ENG. In the UK the current recommended methodology for valuing health impacts associated with environmental noise is outlined in two documents published by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs and the Interdepartmental Group on Costs and Benefits Noise Subject Group. This paper will look into the studies that informed the exposure response functions recommended by these two documents. A comparison is then made with the more recent studies that informed the ENG, followed by discussions of which aspects could have led to differences in the exposure response functions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019
EditorsMartin Ochmann, Vorlander Michael, Janina Fels
PublisherInternational Commission for Acoustics (ICA)
Pages7137-7144
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783939296157
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event23rd International Congress on Acoustics: Integrating 4th EAA Euroregio, ICA 2019 - Aachen, Germany
Duration: 9 Sep 201923 Sep 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Congress on Acoustics
Volume2019-September
ISSN (Print)2226-7808
ISSN (Electronic)2415-1599

Conference

Conference23rd International Congress on Acoustics: Integrating 4th EAA Euroregio, ICA 2019
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityAachen
Period9/09/1923/09/19

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Keywords

  • Health
  • Noise
  • WHO

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