Safe Supervisor Newsletter October 2016
Lightning Frequently Overlooked as an Occupational Hazard
According to a new fact sheet from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), lightning is frequently overlooked as an occupational hazard. The two agencies note that more than 300 people are struck by lightning in the US each year, with an average of 50 deaths occurring. In Canada about 10 people die each year after being hit by lightning.
Listen Up and Prevent Permanent Hearing Loss
Being exposed to average daily occupational noise levels of between 92 and 96 decibels (dB)—such as while working in a foundry, shipyard, brewery or paper mill—can cause some workers to develop permanent hearing impairment in as little as six months, according to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS.)