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Noise (environmental)

Definition - What does Noise (environmental) mean?

A noise (environmental) is an undesirable sound. In the context of health and safety, noises are the particular sounds which are loud, distracting attention, annoying, disturbing and harmful for the human health. Noises in the workplace are generated by engines, machines, equipment, production processes, moving vehicles, discharge of steam or gas and many other sources.

Safeopedia explains Noise (environmental)

Noise is anything from quiet, from annoying to loud and harmful. Noise can include anything from a faint sound of headphones to a loud sound of music, a jet engine or a fire truck siren etc.. Occupational noise at a workplace can cause a loss of hearing, mental disorders, nausea, headaches and annoyance. Loud noises may cause physical and mental stress, severely affecting communication and concentration power. Noise also reduces productivity and leads to accidents and injuries at work (as warning signals are not heard). Noise contributes to hearing loss, limiting one’s ability to hear high frequency sounds, understanding speech and socialization in the later part of the life.

This definition was written in the context of Health, Safety and Environment

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