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Rutgers Noise Technical Assistance Center    

Certification Course
The Community Noise Enforcement Certification course, as taught at Rutgers University, is geared towards the state and local codes of New Jersey. While that is true, the basics of sound level measurement for enforcement purposes does not vary greatly from state-to-state, and many enforcement officers from outside of New Jersey have attended the course at Rutgers University. If your agency desires to train more than 3 or 4 officers, it is probably best to inquire about our on-site courses which can be customized to the codes in your jurisdiction.



The Fundamentals of Sound

          Units of Measurement and Reporting-
          Sound Level Meter Calculations of Sound Pressure Levels
          Range of Human Hearing

          Units of Measurement and Reporting
          Range of Human Hearing
          Most Annoying Frequencies
          Relative Response to Frequencies, and Weighting Systems

Operation of Sound Level Meters
     Field Calibration
          Manufacturer's Requirements

     Proper Technique
          Use of Meter
     Acceptable Weather Conditions
          Parameters for Valid Readings
          Measuring and Recording
Field Exercise to Familiarize Students with Use of Sound Level Meter

Measurement of Neighborhood Residual Sound Levels

     Neighborhood Residual vs. Extraneous Noise
     Strategies for Measurement of Background in Various Situations

Noise Measurement Report Form
     Line-by-Line Review of Proper Completion


The Mathematics of Sound Level Measurement

     Determination of Optimal  Measurement Time Intervals
          Impact of Interval Choice on Final Calculated Levels

     Calculation of  Source Sound Level  from  Measured Total  and Neighborhood Residual Sound Levels

     Meter/Reader Tolerances

Field Exercise
     Isolating Source Sound from Neighborhood Residual Sound

New Jersey Codes

     State of New Jersey Noise Control Act of 1971. N.J.S.A. 13:1G-1 et. seq.
          Brief Overview

     New Jersey Administrative Code - Title 7, Chapter 29,  Subchapter 1 - Noise Control
     ("NJAC 7:29")       
     NJAC 7:29 Subchapter 2 - Procedures for the Determination of Noise from Stationary Sources  

             Readopted  with Amendments - August 6, 2007    

          Review of Definitions
          Word-by-Word Review of Codes
          Specific Notation of Reporting Requirements Generated by Codes
          Areas of Potential Courtroom Challenge

     Model Ordinance for the State of New Jersey

          Major Departures from NJAC 7:29

     N.J.A.C. 7:29-1.7
          Fines, injunctive relief, major vs. minor violations
     Grace Period (CEHA agencies and their subcontractors.)
     Performance Violation vs.  Nuisance Violation
     Talking to the Facility Manager - or- The Art of the Bluff, and the Satisfied Complainant
     Consent Orders

NJDEP Guideline to Conduct a Noise Control Program for Municipalities and CEHA Agencies.

Enforcement Options
     Performance Violation vs.  Nuisance Violation
     Fine vs. Consent Order
     The Art of the Bluff


Review of Mathematics of Sound

Field Exercise

Development of a Solid Court Case (includes some review)

     Reader Certification
     Code Requirements

Video Presentation
     "Sound and Fury"

Physical  and Psychological Impacts of Noise Exposure
     Non-Auditory Impacts
          Psychological Impacts     
     Strategies for Managing Agitated Complainants

Hearing, Hearing Loss
     Physiology of Hearing
          Mechanics of Hearing
          Impacts of Noise Exposure
               Hearing Loss
Practical Field Exam

Written Exam