The Environmental Protection Agency is confirming that the noise levels at the Exhale Lounge located at East Legon in Accra has exceeded the acceptable levels in the capital and other cities.
“The equivalent noise levels recorded at all the monitoring sites/locations at the time of assessment were unsatisfactory. The noise levels recorded were higher than the recommended limit of 48dB (decibel).
“The higher noise emanating from Exhale Lounge could adversely affect public health and the environment.”
These were parts of the findings of the EPA, after conducting a monitoring assessment following numerous complaints from residents living at Garden Street near A&C shopping Mall at East Legon in Accra.
The copy of the findings made available to the Ghana News Agency also indicated that the Exhale Lounge had no operational permit and their presence was therefore a health and environment nuisance to the people in the area.
Residents had stated that the affected residents had on several occasions confronted the owner of the Pub, to at least reduce the noise and smoke levels but, all their efforts went unheeded.
They said they presented petitions to various authorities including; the Municipal Assembly, the Police and EPA, a situation that attracted the EPA to carry out the monitoring assessment of the facility.
The residents commended Chief Executive Officer of EPA Henry Kwabena Kokofu, for accepting their petition and commissioning a team to carry out a monitoring assessment and other investigations to confirm the allegations or the otherwise of it.
He said although, the owner initially succumbed to the demands of the EPA, the current situation indicated that they had reversed to the initial noise-making to the displeasure of the people.
Noise pollution is excessive or displeasing noise that may disrupt the activity or balance of human or animal life.
Noise effects are the health consequences of elevated sound levels.
Studies have shown that elevated workplace or other noise can cause hearing impairment, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, annoyance, and sleep disturbance and that, changes in the immune system and birth defects have been attributed to noise exposure.
EPA puts permissible ambient noise levels in residential 55 decibles (db) during the day and 48 db at night.
Those at and around educational health facilities was put at 55 db during the day and 50 db at night, while the noise level for areas with commercial or light industrial activities was registered 60 db and 55 db during the day and night respectively.
The new guidelines also permit 65 db noise levels during the day and 60 db during the night for light industrial areas and places of entertainment and public assembly such as churches and mosques.
Predominant commercial areas according to the new guidelines, are allowed 70 db during the day and 65 db at night, while the noise level for heavy industrial areas was pegged at70 db during the day and night.
Meanwhile, management and staff of the Lounge contacted refused to make comments to the media.