WEBINAR Understanding and Addressing Community Noise

Earn 1.0 Contact Hour

Webinar – 
Part of the Summer Series Inaugural Event

Understanding and Addressing Community Noise
August 13, 2020
2:00–3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time



Community noise exposure is an environmental health problem that affects millions of Americans. It is the local and state governments that are tasked with the responsibility of creating policy to abate noise.

Local noise control ordinances vary across the US and may have different successes in implementation and effectiveness. CDC conducted an environmental scan of 60 community noise ordinances using a legal assessment framework. In this session, we will provide primary drivers for noise ordinances, examples of best practices, and future directions.

A Florida case study will address the challenges that local governments face in creating feasible noise regulations for their communities and how these challenges directly affect the ability of industrial hygienists to implement successful hearing protection programs in the workplace.

New technologies can be used to study community sound exposure and its impact on hearing health. Using a person's iPhone and Apple Watch to measure levels of sound exposure, an innovative study will explore the effects of sound on hearing, stress, and cardiovascular health.  The resulting data may inform future development of community noise exposure limits.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify and locate sources for community noise guidance
  • Summarize common characteristics of noise ordinances in the US
  • Have a greater understanding of the wide variety of factors that drive noise concerns in communities and that impact effective monitoring of community noise levels.
  • Identify at least one challenge and way to overcome, in creating feasible noise regulations
  • Describe how new technologies can be used in exploring noise and health

Who Should Attend this Webinar?

Industrial Hygienists, Public Administrators


This webinar contains 1.0 contact hours and may be eligible for Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) CM credit. See the ABIH website (abih.org) for CM credit criteria. This webinar may also qualify for CSP recertification points. See the BCSP website (bcsp.org) for details. Participants seeking confirmation of attendance for the webinar from ACGIH® must attend the live webinar or view the archive and submit a final exam and evaluation. Certificates of Completion will be issued in a timely manner after receipt and completion of these items.

What is an ACGIH® Webinar?

ACGIH® is dedicated to providing quality, scientific, educational events. One method of doing this is to offer distance-learning webinars. A webinar, short for Web-based seminar, is a presentation, lecture, or seminar that is transmitted over the Internet. A key feature of a webinar is its interactive elements — the ability to give, receive and discuss information. Webinars are as effective as on-site presentations without the travel expense. This ACGIH® webinar is 1.0 hours in duration and consists of a live presentation given via the Internet with no option for call in audio.