Updating the who guidelines on community noise
Fw-300 .qstn-title #ya-trending-questions-show-more, #ya-related-questions-show-more #ya-trending-questions-more, #ya-related-questions-more /* DMROS */ .Patients in intensive care units (ICUs) suffer from sleep deprivation arising from nursing interventions and ambient noise.The guidelines aim to eliminate or reduce exposure to these pollutants, and are targeted at public health professionals, specialists and authorities involved in the design of buildings and indoor materials and products.They provide a scientific basis for legally enforceable standards.The WHO air quality guidelines offer guidance on reducing the effects on health of air pollution.This book presents revised guideline values for the four most common air pollutants - particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide - based on a review of the accumulated scientific evidence.Average sound levels always exceeded 45 d BA and for 50% of the time exceeded between 52 and 59 d BA in individual ICUs.
The review concludes that the most important health effects are increased prevalence of respiratory symptoms, allergies and asthma as well as perturbation of the immunological system.
Another recommendation addresses the need for policies that prioritize substantial health benefits during the transition from use of solid, polluting fuels to clean fuels and technologies, especially in low-income and rural households.
These guidelines make recommendations for reducing health risks from exposure to ambient emissions of gases and chemicals that may infiltrate and collect indoors, as well as from chemicals that may be used in building materials or furnishings that contribute to indoor air pollution.
WHO guidelines for protecting public health are formulated on the basis of the review.
Dampness initiates the chemical or biological degradation of materials, which also pollutes indoor air.
We monitored five ICUs to check compliance with these guidelines.