Here’s a niche fact for National Protect Your Hearing Month that isn’t much of a surprise: working in the forestry and logging industry is bad for your hearing.
How bad? Well, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) one in five workers in those industries (21%) having hearing loss — which is higher than workers in “all noise-exposed industries combined.”
What are noise-exposed industries, you ask? NIOSH lists many in this category, including mining, oil and gas extraction, agriculture, construction, and police and fire protection, just to name a few.
Certainly, today, leaders and workers in these industries are aware of the risks of hearing loss and take steps to reduce worker exposure to hazardous noise that weren’t necessarily taken a decade or more ago.
Still, it’s a reminder that loud noises are nothing to mess around with.
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