New WHO noise guidelines for Europe

16 October 2018

Article: 52/4104

On 10 October 2018, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published ‘Environmental noise guidelines for the European region’. The guidelines provide strong evidence that noise is one of the top environmental hazards to both physical and mental health and well-being in the region.

Compared to previous WHO guidelines on noise, this version contains five new developments:

  • stronger evidence of the cardiovascular and metabolic effects of environmental noise;
  • inclusion of new noise sources, namely wind turbine noise and leisure noise, in addition to noise from transportation (aircraft, rail and road traffic);
  • use of a standardised approach to assess the evidence;
  • a systematic review of evidence, defining the relationship between noise exposure and risk of adverse health outcomes;
  • use of long-term average noise exposure indicators to better predict adverse health outcomes.

The guidelines also highlight data and research gaps to be addressed in future studies.

The guidelines are available on the WHO Europe website

Source: WHO Europe, 10 October 2018