What is meant by noise (environment)?
Noise (environmental) is an undesirable sound. In the context of health and safety, noise is any specific sound that is loud, distracting, annoying, disturbing and harmful to human health. Noise in the workplace is generated by engines, machines, equipment, production processes, moving vehicles, steam or gas discharges, and many other sources.
Safeopedia explains noise (environmental)
Noise is anything from quiet to annoying to loud and harmful. Noise can include anything from the low hum of headphones to loud music, jet engines or fire truck sirens. Occupational noise in the workplace can cause hearing loss, mental disorders, nausea, headaches and irritability. Loud noise can cause physical and mental stress, seriously affecting communication and concentration power. Noise also reduces productivity and causes accidents and injuries at work (because warning signs are not heard). Noise contributes to hearing loss, limiting the ability to hear high-frequency sounds, understand speech, and socialize in the later part of life.