Noise is an important public health issue. It has negative impacts on human health and well-being and is a growing concern.

The WHO Regional Office for Europe has developed these guidelines for noise, based on the growing understanding of these health impacts of exposure to environmental noise. The main purpose of these guidelines is to provide recommendations for protecting human health from exposure to environmental noise originating from various sources: transportation (road traffic, railway and aircraft), wind turbine and leisure. They provide robust public health advice underpinned by evidence, which is essential to drive policy action that will protect communities from the adverse effects of noise.

The guidelines are published by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. In terms of their health implications, the recommended exposure levels can be considered applicable in other regions and suitable for a global audience.

Learn more about acoustics, sound and vibration.

Auralisation

Case

Listen to the future road

The Danish Road Directorate uses auralisation to explain how a new road will sound to the stakeholders.
Railway, track,

Case

Noise from the Ringsted-Femern railway

Mapping out noise and vibrations from the future Ringsted-Femern Railway.
Airplane

Case

Noise measurements at the Airports of Swedavia

Acoustic measurements ensure that the airports live up to environmental authorities' requirements.
Wind turbines, sky, cloud

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Analysis of noise from wind turbines

Do wind turbines generate more noise at wind speeds other than 6 m/s and 8 m/s?