Criteria by type of participant


Performance indicator's objective:

Reduce potential community exposure and negative impacts due to nuisances (e.g., noise, dust, light) caused by the participant's activities and operations.

Note :

In the context of this indicator, the community includes all people in close proximity to the participant (e.g., employees, nearby tenants, residents, Indigenous Peoples, local businesses, people using nearby recreational areas).

2024 Criteria

Level 1

Monitoring of regulations

Level 2

Implementation of the majority of applicable criteria:


2.1 Impose speed limits on vehicles in sensitive zones.

2.2 Adopt operational procedures or take measures limiting the use, or reducing the impact of warning signals, without compromising safety (e.g., use strobe light during nighttime operations, use lynx alarm, adapt the height or direction of the device, adjust the frequency of the signal).

2.3 Take measures to reduce the noise emanating from shipyard operations (e.g., sandblasting, heavy machinery operations).

2.4 If technically possible, limit idling of vehicles and equipment.

2.5 Have a documented process (e.g., purchase policy) for selecting less noisy equipment when buying new equipment.


2.6 Adopt dust control measures sitewide (e.g., watering, wet brushing, sweeping, maintenance of pavement, landscaping).


2.7 Take measures to avoid garbage and recycling dispersion by wind and wildlife (ex. covers, fencing) and to reduce odor emanations.


2.8 Implement measures on traffic management in and out of the shipyard property to avoid local congestion (e.g. signboard, traffic coordinator or checker, incentivize more efficient commuting, work from home).


2.9 Direct lights so they only illuminate the necessary zone in order to protect neighbours from direct lighting.

2.10 Switch off bothersome lighting at a specific time if there are no operations underway.

Level 3

3.1 Adopt a plan for managing community issues, which formally incorporates all applicable best practices, set out in level 2.

Note: See Annex 3-A.

3.2 Have in place a procedure to verify sound levels of operations on a regular basis (at least annually).

3.3 Have a procedure for evaluating environmental and social aspects of new projects and activities if there is uncertainty around the potential for environmental and social impacts and where mitigation measures are not known to be effective and established. Note: Not applicable to projects that are subject to an environmental assessment under existing regulation.

Note: See Annex 3-B.

3.4 Establish and implement a nuisance mitigation plan during works and/or operations.

Level 4

Implementation of the majority of applicable criteria:


4.1 Conduct near real-time monitoring of noise and/or air emissions (dust and/or odours) in the problem areas (e.g., areas located close to residences, subject to frequent complaints or particularly exposed to wind, etc.) and have a data monitoring process in place.

4.2 Create noise barriers using a sustainable approach (e.g., vegetated buffer zone or barriers built with recycled material, etc.).

4.3 Install silencer, muffler, timer, or another device to reduce noise from noisy equipment or cover with sound-insulating material.


4.4 Implement mitigation measures (e.g., canvas, tarpaulins, curtains, or other equivalent control barriers) during spray painting and blasting operations to prevent the dispersal of dust and aerosol particles by the wind.

4.5 Collect and confine spent abrasives and debris (after blasting to dock-bottom/yard grounds) to avoid dispersion by wind and stormwater (e.g., cover piles or use covered containers).


4.6 Install fixtures that optimize lighting and reduce light pollution when replacing fixtures or during new projects.

4.7 Evaluate existing lighting plans and take effective measures to optimize lighting and reduce impacts.

Nuisance mitigation:

4.8 Develop buffer areas (e.g., green corridors, vegetated or recreational areas) between operating site and residential areas through a community-based approach.

4.9 Have a procedure or system in place that optimizes vehicle movements to manage congestion and mitigate other associated issues.

Level 5

5.1 Implement all applicable criteria listed in Level 4.

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