Noise abatement in Helsinki   Regulations, practices, cases             Hanna-Mari Torniainen
Environmental Protection Act• The objective of this Act is to prevent the pollution of the  environment• Environmental pol...
The City of Helsinki’s environmental          protection regulations• På svenska:  http://www.hel.fi/hki/Ymk/sv/f_retag+oc...
Examples are:• an outdoor concert where amplifiers are used• a motor sports competition• a sports, amusement or exhibition...
A decision made on the basis of a            notification can• order the dissemination of information on an  event, limit ...
Important factors on decision-making• Number of concerts/events organized on the  same area during a summer/year• Size of ...
General limits• Concerts should generally end by 11 pm• If an event lasts more than one day or if several concerts  are ar...
Use of sound equipment• The continuing use of sound equipment outdoors  between 10 pm and 7 am and during the day in  the ...
Cases•   Flow•   Summer Sound Festival•   Bruce Springsteen, Madonna•   Sonisphere•   Tuska                    Hanna-Mari ...
Flow• 8.-12.8.2012, Suvilahti• 50 000 visitors• Main stage: 70 dB before 23 pm/24pm  (depending on the day). After that 60...
Summer Sound Festival• 27.-29.7.2012, Messukeskus yard• 24 000 visitors• 27.-28.7, 10 pm – 1.30 am, 60 dB• 29.7. 10 pm – 0...
Bruce Springsteen, Madonna• Bruce Sprinsteen 31.7.2012, Madonna 12.8.2012,  The Helsinki Olympic Stadium• 40 000 visitors ...
Sonisphere• 4.6.2012, Kyläsaari• 47 000 visitors• Before 11.00 pm 80 dB by the nearest dwellings  and 90 dB by the recepti...
Tuska• Finnish Metal Event, 28.6.-1.7.2012, Suvilahti• 26 000 visitors• Ends at 11.00 pm• Noise limit 75 dB• Noise level m...
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Noise abatement in Helsinki, Finland

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Noise abatement in Helsinki, Finland

  1. 1. Noise abatement in Helsinki Regulations, practices, cases Hanna-Mari Torniainen
  2. 2. Environmental Protection Act• The objective of this Act is to prevent the pollution of the environment• Environmental pollution refers to, for example, such emission of a noise caused by human activity in the environment that causes harm to health or decreases the general amenity of the environment• Operators must have sufficient knowledge of their activities environmental impact and risks and of ways to reduce harmful effects (knowledge requirement)• Operators must notify the municipal environmental protection committees in writing of measures or events causing temporary noise, such as public events if there is reason to expect that such noise will be especially disturbing. The notification shall be made in good time before taking the measure or starting the activity, but not less than 30 days in advance. Hanna-Mari Torniainen
  3. 3. The City of Helsinki’s environmental protection regulations• På svenska: http://www.hel.fi/hki/Ymk/sv/f_retag+och+verksamhetsidkare/milj _skyddsf_reskrifterna/milj_skyddsf_reskrifterna• The operator must always inform the neighborhood on the event. In addition the operator must negotiate about sufficient noise abatement with particularly sensitive neighbors such as hospitals, day care centers and schools.• The City of Helsinkis environmental protection regulations specify activities for which a notification must always be made.• The obligation to notify the municipal environmental protection authority also concerns an event causing temporary noise that is arranged elsewhere besides an area reserved for it in the city plan. Hanna-Mari Torniainen
  4. 4. Examples are:• an outdoor concert where amplifiers are used• a motor sports competition• a sports, amusement or exhibition occasion or other large public event that causes especially disturbing noise• an air show or temporary event offering plane rides that includes over ten landings or takeoffs. Hanna-Mari Torniainen
  5. 5. A decision made on the basis of a notification can• order the dissemination of information on an event, limit the duration of the event• require monitoring of the noise situation or noise abatement measures• forbid activities if noise disturbance cannot be reduced sufficiently Hanna-Mari Torniainen
  6. 6. Important factors on decision-making• Number of concerts/events organized on the same area during a summer/year• Size of an event• Position of the nearest dwellings• Duration of the event• Possible sound level• Operator’s means to prevent the noise problem• Previous experiences of the same event Hanna-Mari Torniainen
  7. 7. General limits• Concerts should generally end by 11 pm• If an event lasts more than one day or if several concerts are arranged in the same place during the summer, as a rule concerts should end by 10 pm• Before 10.00 pm 70 dB (LAeq) by the nearest dwellings• After 10.00 pm 55 dB (LAeq) by the nearest dwellings• If an event ends before 8.00 pm and lasts only one day the operator doesn’t have to notify the the municipal environmental protection authority• If the operator wants the event to continue several days after 10 pm and the noise level is higher than 55 dB the operator must demonstrate to an authority the dispersion model of noise Hanna-Mari Torniainen
  8. 8. Use of sound equipment• The continuing use of sound equipment outdoors between 10 pm and 7 am and during the day in the vicinity of a hospital, old peoples home, day- care centre or similar institution is prohibited• Public events, arrangers of temporary events and street musicians must make sure that an event or music performance does not disturb the neighborhood. For street musicians electric sound amplification using an external power source is prohibited Hanna-Mari Torniainen
  9. 9. Cases• Flow• Summer Sound Festival• Bruce Springsteen, Madonna• Sonisphere• Tuska Hanna-Mari Torniainen
  10. 10. Flow• 8.-12.8.2012, Suvilahti• 50 000 visitors• Main stage: 70 dB before 23 pm/24pm (depending on the day). After that 60 dB until 23.00/23.30/1.30 (depending on the day) in the whole event area.• Noise level measurements, orders about the dissemination of information• Previous years more than a hundred complaints from inhabitants. Hanna-Mari Torniainen
  11. 11. Summer Sound Festival• 27.-29.7.2012, Messukeskus yard• 24 000 visitors• 27.-28.7, 10 pm – 1.30 am, 60 dB• 29.7. 10 pm – 00.30 am, 55 dB• Noise level maesurements, orders about the dissemination of information• Some complaints from inhabitants. Hanna-Mari Torniainen
  12. 12. Bruce Springsteen, Madonna• Bruce Sprinsteen 31.7.2012, Madonna 12.8.2012, The Helsinki Olympic Stadium• 40 000 visitors per concert• Concerts should end at 11.00 pm. Both cencerts continued later.• Before 11.00 pm 80 dB• Noise level measurements, orders about the dissemination of information• Some complaints from inhabitants about the duration Hanna-Mari Torniainen
  13. 13. Sonisphere• 4.6.2012, Kyläsaari• 47 000 visitors• Before 11.00 pm 80 dB by the nearest dwellings and 90 dB by the reception centre (which is the nearest building to the event area)• Noise level measurements, orders about the dissemination of information• Metallica continued the concert after 11.00 pm, many complaints from inhabitants Hanna-Mari Torniainen
  14. 14. Tuska• Finnish Metal Event, 28.6.-1.7.2012, Suvilahti• 26 000 visitors• Ends at 11.00 pm• Noise limit 75 dB• Noise level measurements, orders about the dissemination of information• No complaints Hanna-Mari Torniainen

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