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 professionals working to resolve noise complaints.

Our 2019 survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a response. We are currently analysing the data and will publish our findings this Autumn.

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.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the CIEH policy team at policy@cieh.org.

The 2019 CIEH Noise Survey is being supported by RH Environmental.

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