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Rutgers Noise Technical Assistance Center  

Customized On-Site Courses

This is a sample agenda for a multi-jurisdiction course we offered in Washington State. When the same course was offered in Florida, it was approved for Continuing Education Unit credits (CEUs) by the Florida Division of Law Enforcement. If you so desire, we can work with you in advance of the course to apply for CEU credits from whatever agency is appropriate.

RUTGERS NOISE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER

COMMUNITY NOISE ENFORCEMENT CERTIFICATION COURSE

Washington State Association of Code Enforcement

Seattle, Washington


February 8-10, 2008

DAY 1

The Fundamentals of Sound

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

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

Operation of Sound Level Meters
     (Specific to Sound Level Meters of the following jurisdictions: Seattle, Tacoma, Snohomish County, Olympia and Everett)

     Field Calibration
          Timing
          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

DAY 2

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

Performance and Nuisance Codes in the Following Jurisdictions:  Seattle, Tacoma, Snohomish County, Olympia and Everett
     Review of Definitions
     Word-by-Word Review of Codes
          Specific Notation of Reporting Requirements Generated by Codes
          Areas of Potential Courtroom Challenge

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

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

Field Exercises    

Development of a Solid Court Case (includes some review)

     Meter/Calibrator
     Reader Certification
     Code Requirements
     Procedure

DAY 3

Review of Mathematics of Sound
 
Field Exercises
     
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
                    Conductive
                    Sensory-Neural
Practical Field Exam

Written Exam