Noise

Excessive noise seriously harms human health and interferes with people’s daily activities at school, at work, at home and during leisure time. It can disturb sleep, cause cardiovascular and psychophysiological effects, reduce performance and provoke annoyance responses and changes in social behaviour.

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Publications

Night noise guidelines for Europe

nvironmental noise is a threat to public health, having negative effects on human health and well-being.

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Activities

WHO/Europe reviews evidence on the main health effects of noise, identifies the needs of vulnerable groups in collaboration with international experts, and supports Member States in preventing and controlling exposure to excessive noise. WHO/Europe uses this evidence to offer technical and policy guidance for health protection.

Update of WHO guidelines for community noise for the European Region

Data and statistics

1 in 5 Europeans is regularly exposed to sound levels at night that could significantly damage health.

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