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:
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.
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
Secondary Noise Screening
Abbreviated Acoustic Assessment
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
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
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.