'Noise' has many meanings but in the context of environmental management the term is synonymous with 'sound' or 'acoustic energy' and is taken to include mechanical vibration.
- Noise & VibrationNoise and Vibration are forms of mechanical energy that, through a variety of mechanisms, can lead to adverse impacts on people, animals and structures.
- Why Noise & Vibration are ImportantHumans and many animals have an acute sense of hearing and so significant extraneous noise can interfere with communication, lead to annoyance and cause hearing damage.
- Community Response to NoiseIndividuals can have widely different responses to noise but it is possible to establish the general response of the community to varying levels of noise.
The Environment Protection Authority acknowledges the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.