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First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
Children's Health, Environment and Safety Training [CHEST]
• To improve the knowledge of professionals in different disciplines on the relation between health of children and environmental factors in order to use this knowledge in the prevention of health p...
• To improve the knowledge of professionals in different disciplines on the relation between health of children and environmental factors in order to use this knowledge in the prevention of health problems or in the eradication of existing environmental health problems.
• To create a network of public health or environmental health institutes as competent authorities on training in environmental health (with particular reference to children)
• To identify the training tools used sofar in (pediatric) environmental health;
• To develop training material and make it available to users in the field (European target group);
• To disseminate the produced material on a training manual amongst a wide range of disciplines and organizations that have activities in the field of children`s health, environment and safety.
Start date: 01/05/2004 - End date: 01/05/2006
Call: Health Determinants (Hd 2003)
First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
Closing the Health Gap: Strategies for Action to tackle health inequalities in Europe [-]
To develop a clear and coherent definition of reducing health inequalities, through dialogue at EU, national and local level.
Also objectives on EU policy level, on national policy level, for the loc...
To develop a clear and coherent definition of reducing health inequalities, through dialogue at EU, national and local level.
Also objectives on EU policy level, on national policy level, for the local level and on infrastructure.
Start date: 01/06/2004 - End date: 01/06/2007
Call: Health Determinants (Hd 2003)
First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
Final report of a project on night noise guidelines for Europe [-]
Get an experts` consensus about :
• Guideline values for night noise both for short and long term exposure
• Substantiation for an agreement on the night penalty factor to be allocated to night ...
Get an experts` consensus about :
• Guideline values for night noise both for short and long term exposure
• Substantiation for an agreement on the night penalty factor to be allocated to night time noise in the calculation of Lden.
The main aims of the project were :
• Provide the necessary scientific data on the health impact of various noise sources during night time (Air, Road and Rail traffic). Propose health based guideline values supporting the development of adequate legislations in this area ;
• Validate the penalty factor of 10dBA allocated to night noise in the calculation of the Lden in the EC directive on noise in view of the various end points ;
• Propose for each health end point an attributable fraction of the risk attributable to noise exposure during sleep.

The specific objectives were:
• To address the new threats emerging from increased night traffic from rail and air traffic ;
• To support the implementation of the noise directive, and the development of an harmonised body of legislation in the area of night noise control ;
• To increase the protection of the 80 millions of Europeans currently exposed to night noise levels that affect their sleep patterns.

The objectives of the new Network were to answer these questions:
• Which are the sleep disturbance indicators that best describe noise induced sleep disturbance?
• What are the Lnight threshold values (or noise levels described with another metrics) for various sleep disturbance indicators, and the possible exposure response curves?
• Are there any relationships among the various indicators of sleep disturbance for noise induced sleep disturbance?
• What are the relationships between the above mentioned indicators and the following health end points, for adults and children, on a long and on a short term basis:
- Cardiovascular disease/mortality,
- Increased likelihood of different types of accidents,
- Mental disorders, notably depression,
- Reduced functioning of the immune system,
- Cognitive effects, notably reduced learning,
- Any other emerging health end points that could be identified through experts` consultation.
Start date: 01/06/2004 - End date: 01/12/2006
Call: Health Determinants (Hd 2003)