Standardization of noise control legislation in Australia

The need for the standardization of technical requirements in noise control legislation is discussed under three categories: areas where standardization is vital; areas where it is desirable; and areas where the need for and practicability of achieving standardization is less certain. Progress towards uniformity in each of these three areas is examined by considering a relevant example under each category, namely motor vehicles, domestic and construction equipment and emissions from industry. It is concluded that considerable progress has been made towards standardizing motor vehicle noise criteria in Australia and the prospects look good for similar success in relation to criteria for domestic and construction equipment. The need for uniformity of noise control procedures and criteria for emissions from industry has not been conclusively demonstrated and in fact the formulation of any satisfactory procedures and criteria is proving to be extremely difficult. It is further concluded that considerably more psychoacoustic and socioacoustic research is required, linked with cost benefit and technological feasibility studies, before the ideal acoustic environment may be determined and long term goals for individual source criteria established. (A)


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  • Accession Number: 01440462
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 10:59PM