Environmental noise has become an important public health challenge for communities. Noise from landscape maintenance equipment is one source among many including air and road traffic, sirens, and construction. Federal agencies acknowledge that many of these sources are harmful to hearing and health.
Landscape maintenance noise is attracting attention because it is loud, and used frequently for prolonged close to people. In some areas, leaf blower, mower and trimmer noise occurs daily in residential areas, schools, shopping areas and workplaces. It is potentially harmful to our children, seniors, workers, and others.
At point of use, gas-powered leaf blower and lawn mower noise levels exceed 100 decibels (dB). Those levels far exceed safe levels established by the World Health Organization, US Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health for the prevention of hearing loss and other adverse health effects. Get QC’s Quick Facts on Environmental Noise and Hearing Loss.
Noise at these levels can affect our physical health, mental health, and ability to think and function. Potential health effects range from annoyance, sleep disruption, decreased school performance, to ischemic heart disease, high blood pressure, and hearing loss.