Title: Preparation of guidance for health risk assessment of environmental noise
Citation: INTERNOISE 2010 vol. 1 p. Paper no. 127 (pages 1-7)
Publisher: Sociedade Portuguesa de Acustica
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC58764
URI: http://www.spacustica.pt/internoise2010/
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In recent years, evidence has accumulated regarding health effects of environmental noise. The WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Bonn, has organized several meetings of experts over recent years to examine the current state of knowledge, and to further develop approaches for quantifying the effect of noise on health. The outcomes of these meetings are being prepared as an initial guidance document on risk assessment of environmental noise¿quantitative risk assessments based on EBD (environmental burden of disease) methodology and the metric Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALY). The target audience is primarily policy makers and their technical advisers who need to evaluate the issue of environmental noise in their jurisdictions. This document will provide synthesized reviews of various health effects of environmental noise (cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, sleep disturbance, annoyance, hearing impairment and tinnitus), and exemplary estimates, where possible, of the burden of the health outcomes of environmental noise based on exposure-response relationships, exposure prevalence, and disability weights. This paper describes the work that has been undertaken to prepare the guidance, and the structure of each chapter that deals with a particular health outcome: summary of evidence linking noise with the outcome; sources and assumptions regarding the exposure-response relationship and suggested disability weights; and current uncertainties, limitations and challenges regarding risk assessment of that health outcome.
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