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Regulations on Noise Levels in Ontario
Section 9 of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) limits the level of noise that a business can legally produce in Ontario. This particular section outlines the regulations on the levels of air and noise emissions based on the official Noise Pollution Control (NPC) guidelines for the province. The two specific guidelines that apply to noise levels are the following:
  • NPC 205 – Sound Level Limits for Stationary Sources in Urban Areas; and
  • NPC 232 – Sound Level Limits for Stationary Sources in Rural Areas.
Compliance with these strict guidelines is essential for a business to receive an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) from the Ministry of the Environment in Ontario. There are other factors that will be taken into account when determining the approval, but acoustic compliance is one of the major factors. This approval is necessary for a business to operate legally in the province.
Displaying Compliance with Noise Regulations
One of the most common ways to display compliance with the legislated noise regulations in Ontario is to complete a Detailed Acoustic Assessment Report (AAR) or an Acoustic Audit. This report is an in-depth assessment of the noise levels originating from the business facility. The testing and modeling of noise emissions should be conducted by an independent professional acoustic auditor with an extensive background in the industry. This individual should also prepare the resultant report.
Other types of Acoustic Assessments include the following:
  • Primary Noise Screening Assessments;
  • Secondary Noise Screening Assessments; and
  • Abbreviated Acoustic Assessment Report.
The ability to use a Primary Noise Screening Assessment for the purpose of an Environmental Compliance Approval Application will be limited to certain types of industries that are identified by their North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. The purpose of the Primary Noise Screening Assessment is to evaluate the minimum separation distances required from your facility to the closest sensitive receptors. If the minimum separation distances from the facility to the surrounding sensitive receptors are achieved then the noise impact is anticipated to be minimal. If the minimum separation distances are not achieved then the facility may be eligible to complete the Secondary Noise Screening Assessment in order to quantify the noise emissions from the facility, using manufacturer supplied data or published noise data using the MOE Noise Red Flag Tables, at all Points of Reception. The purpose of this assessment is to conduct a preliminary basic noise study to evaluate if compliance is anticipated at all sensitive receptors.
If compliance is not met during the primary and secondary noise assessments, an Abbreviated Acoustic Assessment Report, Detailed Acoustic Assessment report, or an Acoustic Audit can be used to assess compliance. If compliance for noise emissions cannot be shown then a Noise Abatement Action Plan will have to be designed in order to obtain an approval.
Choosing the Best Acoustic Auditor
If your company requires the services of an acoustic auditor, it pays to take the time to find the right company for your needs. Working with a professional that is willing to go the extra mile to build strong business relationships with clients all over Ontario can go a long way to developing repeat business.
An environmental consulting company will provide professional acoustic auditor services for businesses. These companies typically provide access to other professionals that can work together to conduct all of the assessments and prepare all of the paperwork that is necessary to apply for an Environmental Compliance Approval. The regulations and legislature is subject to change and these consultants will always be aware of the latest changes to ensure compliance testing is up to date.
Ensure you enlist the services of an environmental consulting company in Ontario that have acoustic consultants on staff or work closely with professional acoustic auditors as this will be necessary to secure an ECA for your facility.
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