This report has been produced in response to increasing public concern about possible adverse effects of noise on health. It was prepared by an ad hoc group of experts at the request of the Department of Health and funded by the Department of Health and Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This is the most recent officially sponsored report dealing with the effects of environmental noise on health in the UK.
The report was published for comment in July 2009. Fourteen sets of comments were received which the final report considers. Links to the final report, comments received and further information can be found below:
Defra commissioned research, on behalf of the Interdepartmental Group on Costs and Benefits (IGCB), to quantify human health impacts of environmental noise. This work, Estimating Dose-Response Relationships between Noise Exposure and Human Health in the UK [external link] is the first step to monetise the effects of noise.