Ensuring the health impacts of noise are considered in national policy decisions

In England and Wales, the CIEH noise survey provides the only source of information on the vital contribution made by Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) working to resolve noise complaints.

CIEH noise survey 2020

Submit your data before the survey closes on Wednesday 30 September 2020.

This year the survey is being supported by the Noise Abatement Society (NAS).

Why is the survey continuing during COVID-19?

We are aware that EHPs are heavily involved in supporting efforts to tackle COVID-19 and we appreciate that many of you will be especially busy at this time. However, the information collected is used in official Government statistics and we have also heard that some local authorities have seen big increases in complaints about residential noise during the lockdown. We are keen to ensure that this information is captured, if at all possible. To ensure we are not putting additional pressure on teams, we have extended the deadline for submission until the end of September and will extend it further if needed.

Why is it so important?

Our survey results were referenced in the 2017 Chief Medical Officer annual report to emphasise that "environmental noise comes second in burden of disease to air pollution and arguably is responsible for more disturbance of quality of life." Noise is the single largest issue of complaint made to local authorities in the UK and over 80% of people report being exposed to noise pollution in their homes.

How will we use the data?

Public Health England use CIEH noise data for the Public Health Outcomes Framework, which establishes an important link between noise and health outcomes and allows local areas to compare the rates of noise complaints in their areas to neighbouring areas.

We also use the data to campaign for greater awareness of the links between noise and health outcomes, as well as the important work being done by EHPs to resolve issues relating to noise.

2018/19 survey results

Last year, we collected data from 143 local authorities in England. A separate report on data from Wales is coming soon.

CIEH Noise Survey 2018/19: Report on findings - EnglandThe report covers:

  • The total number of noise complaints received
  • The total number of notices served
  • Staffing levels for noise-related work
  • The number of prosecutions
  • Breakdowns of noise complaints by sector
  • Breakdowns of data by region

CIEH noise survey 2018/19 Report on findings – England

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