The most important current standards and laws are as following:

  • UNI EN ISO 11690
  • Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
  • Noise Directive 2000/14/EC
  • ISPESL (Institute for Safety and Prevention at Work) good practice manual
  • Database of noise abatement projects on the Physical Agents Portal (PAF)

In a recent ruling, the European Court of Justice gave its judgment regarding respect for exposure of workers to noise. In practice, the EMPLOYER must reduce the NOISE at source without taking account of any noise reduction afforded by Personal Protective Equipment (European Court of Justice, Sect VII – Ruling of 19 May 2011 – “Directive 2003/10/EC – Exposure limits – Noise – Hearing protection – Intent”)

  • 81/08 –Title VIII
  • Standard UNI / EN 11347 (Technical and organisational measures required on exceeding 85 db(A)
  • The reference law for Noise Abatement projects in outdoor areas is “Legge Quadro 447 of 1995 e succ. D.P.C.M”


  • API of Turin
  • CIADI-ANIMA (CONFINDUSTRIA) – Anima sound-proofing plant and equipment manufacturers union (Stefano Lerda is the Chairman)