Keeping equipment within acceptable noise limits
The objective of the Outdoor Noise Directive (OND) is to improve the control of noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors. The directive, which was adopted on 3 July 2000, covers a wide range of products, including but not limited to construction equipment, lift trucks, garden equipment, generators, and compressors.
All equipment outlined in the Noise Directive must bear the CE Marking to demonstrate compliance to the Directive. European Union member states must allow equipment bearing the CE Marking to enter their markets, fulfilling the European Union’s mandate of free movement of goods and services within its boundaries.
The EU Noise Directive applies to 57 types of equipment, each defined in Annex I and listed either in Article 12, or Article 13, of the Directive. Equipment listed in Article 12 is subject to noise limits and the involvement of a Notified Body, such as TÜV SÜD, is mandatory.
Equipment listed in article 12 cannot be legally placed on the market without a Notified Body certification. Equipment not subject to sound power level limitation is listed in Article 13, where TÜV SÜD can act as a third party for measurement, or as a consultant – providing needed expertise.