The aim of Directive relating to the Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for Use Outdoors and CE Marking, is to contribute to human health and proper functioning of the internal market by making the noise measurements of the equipment mostly designed for outdoor use, based on noise standards and keeping them within limits. Welding and power generators, lawnmowers, compressors, and forestry and construction equipment fall within the scope of this Directive.
The essential requirement of the Directive is that the sound power level of the product is to be measured and affixed to the product in the form of a label as described in the Directive. The indicated sound power value must be the “Guaranteed Sound Power Level”. None of the products, though produced in big numbers, should be over this value.
In addition to the labelling requirement for the products covered by the 2000/14/EC Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council of May 8, 2000 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for Use Outdoors, a technical file showing that the measurements are made in accordance with the methods specified in the standards, an EC declaration of conformity specifying the procedures followed and the indicated sound levels, and a CE logo are also required.