Noise Monitoring forms part of an overall environmental monitoring programme providing measurement and analysis of environmental noise conditions on or around a construction site.
The Control of Pollution Act (1974) identified noise as a type of pollution with the World Health Organisation identifying the impact to health of those who are affected. The impact of noise can refer to residents and commercial premises that are situated nearby. A construction site contains multiple noise sources, the implications that may result from elevated levels and types of sources needs to be considered in many circumstances. The implantation of noise monitoring instrumentation before and during construction works provides assurances should disputes relating to nuisance and damages claims occurring.
Five principle reasons motivate sites to undertake Environmental Monitoring:
1. Compliance with planning conditions
2. Resolution of complaints from local businesses and residents
3. Protection against claims
4. Environmental protection in local area
5. As a resolution to enforcement procedures