Policy and Procedures

Policy on level of noise

Sound is measured in decibels (dB). A whisper is about 30 dB, normal conversation is about 60 dB, and a motorcycle engine running is about 95 dB. Noise above 70 dB over a prolonged period of time may start to damage your hearing. Loud noise above 120 dB can cause immediate harm to your ears.

70 decibels is not considered too loud. It is a moderate noise level, under the level of 85 dB that is considered damaging to human hearing. However, 70 decibels also represents the upper limit of the EPA recommended 24-hour average noise level exposure.