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Title: Noise Action Week

Noise Action Week
  • 23-27 May 2005

Noise Action Week
  • Promoting practical solutions to everyday noise

Falkirk Council
  • Environmental Health Unit
  • Development Services
  • Abbotsford House
  • Davids Loan
  • Falkirk
  • FK2 7YZ
  • 01324 - 504982


Noise Facts and Figures!
  • Nearly a third of people in Britain are annoyed
    by neighbour noise, and for 14 it has an impact
    on quality of life. Roughly half of noise makers
    claim to be unaware they are making a noise that
    is causing disturbance.
  • MORI 2003

Noise Facts and Figures!
  • Amplified music remains the main source of noise
    complaint in England, Scotland and Wales with
    Barking Dogs a close second..
  • NSCA 06/04

Noise Facts and Figures!
  • Lack of communication with neighbours is thought
    to be a major reason for increased noise
    complaints by local authorities.
  • NSCA 06/04

Noise Facts and Figures!
  • Better education on noise expectation and
    tolerance are crucial in tackling complaints
  • NSCA National Noise Survey 2004

Noise Facts and Figures!
  • The word noise derives from the Latin word
    nausea meaning sickness.

What is Noise?
  • Unwanted sound
  • Noise will affect different people in different
    ways. To one person a loud band may provide a
    pleasant nights entertainment. To another the
    same band may represent a stressful, irritating
    and even harmful noise.

Falkirk Council - Facts Figures!
Falkirk Council - Facts Figures!
Falkirk Council - Facts Figures!
Falkirk Council - Facts Figures!
Falkirk Council - Facts Figures!
Noise Action Week - Aims
  • Promotes practical solutions to everyday noise
  • Promotes communication and consideration between
  • Enables local authority etc to inform the public
    of services available to highlights local noise

Noise Action Week - Aims
  • Aims to educate and inform both noise makers and
    noise sufferers about the impact that noise can
    have on our everyday lives
  • Encourage everyone to take a quiet moment to
    think about the noises they make and the noises
    that affect them- and what they can do to reduce
    the impact.

Annoying Noises
  • Neighbour noise
  • Loud music
  • Anti social behaviour
  • Alarms
  • DIY
  • Dog barking
  • Hard flooring
  • Fireworks

Neighbour Noise
  • Site noisy household equipment (eg washing
    machines) away from partitions walls
  • When buying new household appliances, ask how
    noisy it is, opt for quiet appliances
  • Keep the volume down on TV/Music especially late
    at night (use headphones-but be careful not to
    deafen yourself)
  • Sssh-dont shout
  • Avoid slamming doors
  • Avoid thundering up and down stairs

Loud Music
  • Keep the volume down
  • Place speakers away from partitions walls, floors
    and ceilings
  • Play at a time that will cause least disturbance
    to your neighbour
  • If your having a party, tell your neighbours in
    advance, keep noise to a minimum
  • Invite your neighbour

Anti-social behaviour
  • This is behaviour that disturbs others.
  • Noise is generally only one element of
    anti-social behaviour.
  • If you are leaving a house/pub etc Say your good
    byes quietly
  • Avoid shouting/slamming doors/revving car
    engines/peeping horns especially at night

Anti-social behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004
  • New anti-social behaviour laws are in place
    covering a wide range of issues including
    additional powers to deal with noise nuisance
    (the noise nuisance provisions are not currently
    enforceable within Falkirk Council)
  • Full guidance will shortly be released detailing
    the implementation of this new legislation within
    Falkirk Council area.

  • Car/Intruder Alarms accidentally going off can be
    very annoying
  • Make sure alarm is regularly maintained and
    fitted with a cut off device

DIY Noise
  • Can be very noisy
  • Consider your neighbours when you are carrying
    out works
  • Let them know when you plan to carry out any
    noisy work, especially on party walls/floors
  • Agree a time for work-when is likely to disturb

  • Avoid drilling/banging late at night early
    morning or when its likely to disturb your
  • If you warn your neighbour in advance they are
    less likely to complain

  • Use power tools with discretion, avoid
    strimming/shredding when your neighbours are
    relaxing in the sun shine
  • Splashing fountains/wind chimes can be annoying
    at night

What can you do when affected by neighbour noise?
  • If you are being disturbed by your neighbours,
    first approach them politely- they may not
    realise they are causing a problem
  • Let them know when noisy work would disturb you
  • If you suffer persistent noise, personnel
    approach has not worked/or not possible contact
    Environmental Health/or Mediation
  • Contact police

Dog Barking
  • A barking dog is lonely, bored or unhappy
  • Constant barking/whining of a dog can be
    disturbing or annoying for neighbours
  • The problem often occurs when the dogs owner is
    out of the house and so the owner doesnt know
    until someone complains.

Dog Barking prevention for dog owners
  • Dog training
  • Do not leave dog alone for long periods
  • Leave a radio on at low volume
  • Feed exercise him before you go out leave him
    some fresh water
  • Comfortable bed, toys
  • Check room temperature not too hot/cold, adequate
  • New anti-bark collar

Dealing with dog barking
  • First approach the dog owner, as they may not
    realise there is a problem. If this fails, or you
    are unhappy about approaching the owner then,
  • Contact Environmental Health Unit for advise
  • Contact District Council to make an application
    for an Order to prevent the annoyance continuing

Hard flooring
  • The trend towards laminated flooring has been the
    cause of an increasing number of noise complaints
    from impact noise caused by everyday activities
    eg footsteps/dropping objects/scraping
    furniture/jumping children
  • Carefully consider the potential impact to your
    neighbours especially in flats/terraced houses
  • Some leases prohibit hard floorings

Hard flooring
  • Make sure it will not increase noise impact
  • Ensure any sound proofing is effective
  • Use rugs
  • Remove shoes

  • Can frighten pets/people and can harm hearing.
    Give neighbours a few days warning of your
  • Avoid noisy varieties
  • Consider time of display-normally finish by 11pm
  • Use open garden areas as noise bounces off

How Loud is Noise?
  • 150dB balloon pop/gunshot/artillery fire
  • 140dB plane take off/fireworks
  • 130dB pneumatic drill/percussion section
    of orchestra/stock car racing. Noise this
    loud hurts
  • 120dB Fire Engine/night club
  • 110dB Football crowd/personal
    stereo/baby crying

How loud is Noise?
  • 100dB Exercise class/video arcade
  • 90dB Shouting/Food processor- at this
    level hearing protection must be worn in
    the work place
  • 85dB Handsaw/heavy traffic this loud
    can damage hearing
  • 80dB Ringing phone/ vacuum cleaner

How Loud is Noise?
  • 70dB Washing machine/alarm clock/TV
  • 60dB Normal conversion/sewing machine
  • 50dB Rainfall/busy office
  • 40dB Refrigerator/library
  • 30dB Bedroom at night
  • 20dB Broadcasting studio
  • 10dB Breathing/leaves rustling

Who knows more about noise?
  • The Scottish Executive
  • Air Quality
  • Environmental Group
  • http//
  • Health Safety Executive
  • http//

Who knows more about noise?
  • British Tinnitus Association
  • http//
  • Royal Environmental Health Institute Scotland
  • http//
  • Mediation UK