Noise pollution is excessive, distressing and unsolicited sound that can have damaging effects on the environment, humans and animals. To this extent, noise levels that reach 85 decibels or higher are considered dangerous and can impact a person’s hearing. As one of the biggest threats to human health and environmental sustainability, it has become imperative for the Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit of the New Juaben Municipal Assembly to control the noise levels produced from institutions, households and businesses as well as educate people within the Municipality on the effects of excessive noise.
Monitoring and Control
Environmental health officers during routine house to house inspections monitor the activities of institutions and businesses such as;
- Corn/Rice mill operators
- Community information centers
- Drinking bars and restaurants
- Entertainment Centers
- Funeral centers, and
- Saw mill operations
These businesses and institutions are monitored to ensure that they do not cause excessive noise levels that may be damaging or injurious to residents who live around.
Environmental Health Officers will continue to educate saw mill operators and factory workers about the need to provide protective gear that will prevent hearing loss to workers as a way of occupational health hazard control.
Ill-health associated with noise making is among the major health challenges in the country. Promoting health through public sensitization to adhere to the accepted noise levels necessitated a meeting with various information centres in the Municipality. This is because these operators reach the masses and their activities sometimes affect the citizens. The Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit, NADMO and the Information Services Department of the New Juaben North Municipal Assembly, held a meeting at the assembly hall on the 15th July, 2023, with the operators of the various information centers in the Municipality.
The Municipal information officer, Miss Elizabeth Ansah, commended the efforts of the information center operators for being the vehicle to disseminate vital information to the communities. She explained the registration process for information centers that requires a visit to the site of operations to ensure environmental suitability and strict adherence to rules and regulations. The Municipal Environmental Health Officer, Mr. Darku, expressed the need for an information center in a community. He added that the information center serves the entire community through its activities. In his presentation, he explained the various noise levels to be as follows;
Table 1: Common Noise Sources and Corresponding Sound Levels
|Allowable Sound Levels (Decibels)
|Heavy industrial Areas
In his closing remarks he explained the effects of high sound levels in causing permanent hearing impairment, nervous breakdown, irritation, hypertension and heart attack.
In addition to the above, a sensitization and education program was held at Angel Fm in Koforidua to educate the populace of noise pollution. This was done in collaboration with the environmental health unit, NADMO and personnel from the Ghana health services.
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