HHSRS operating guidance identifies noise as a potential hazard to health. The category covers threats to physical and metal health resulting from exposure to noise inside the dwelling or within its curtilage. The assessement of hazards from noise includes, amongst other things the internal and external sound insulation of a dwelling. It does not deal with unreasonable behaviour, which is dealt with under statutory nuisance provisions under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The responses received to the 2010 Noisedirect Survey of Council action on Hazards from Noise found:
- Councils served, a total of 4 notices under the Housing Act 2004, for psychological hazards from noise.
- 1 Council responded to say that there are no psychological hazards from noise, in its area, which is why no inspections were carried out.
Councils not recognising noise as a Psychological Hazard: No Surprise for Noise Tzar - Download a copy of the press release
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