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Hello and Happy October:

    As always, I hope this letter finds you healthy and happy. We have an awesome month in front of us with our normally scheduled meeting next Friday (10/15/21) and then our first PDC of this administration. For those of you that don’t know, Our PDC is scheduled for October 22nd at the AGC building (just like our meetings). The attendance is limited to 20 attendees so please get signed up at your first convenience. The PDC will be both a certification course as well as a refresher. You won’t need to test and certify unless you choose that course. The link, with all the associated details to this course is here. I hope to see you there.

   We sure hated to lose the Alabama Governor’s Conference this year, but the weather just couldn’t be trusted, and the decision was made for safety’s sake and we certainly can’t argue with that. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m looking forward to next year’s conference already.

   On the 15th, we have Justin Shephard coming to speak to us on the topic of, “Post Offer Physical Abilities Testing: Clearing up the Confusion”.  Justin is the VP of Operations for ErgoScience and is a licensed physical therapist. He was scheduled to present this topic at the Governor’s Conference so it should still be hot off the presses. I’ve asked Justin to leave plenty of time for questions, because I’m sure we’ve all had or heard about that “one person or situation” that he might be able to assist us with. Remember, we’re all looking for those bits of information we can use to make us better professionals.

   As for my two cents this month, you know me… Let’s find someone in need and share ourselves with them. Our knowledge, assistance, patience, or perhaps even time. We’re given so much to share, and it would be nearly criminal to hoard it.

   Have a great day, week, and remaining month. Let’s make safety intentional and help others understand the “WHY”.  Until our next – call, text, or email me if I can ever be of assistance.

   Take care and please stay well. Thanks for reading. – Paul Paul Thurber
President – ASSP Alabama Chapter

Emergency Preparedness Month – Sep 29

Remember, the insurance industry identifies a cause of loss, such as fire or theft, as a “peril.”  Insurance only applies when your policy covers the peril that caused the loss.

Tina Arthur, CHMM
Environmental, Safety, Health, & Security Manager
Hager Companies

Emergency Preparedness Month – Sep 23

Be Prepared for a Thunderstorm handout.

Interesting Facts about Lightning!!

  • Lightning can strike up to 25 miles away from the center of the storm.
  • Lightning can carry over 100 million volts of electricity.
  • The diameter of a lightning strike is actually pretty small, just the size of a quarter! It just looks much larger because of how bright it is.
  • The strike length is usually 2 to 3 miles.
  • The strike happens in under 2 microseconds (that’s 0.000002 seconds).
  • Lightning strikes are over 50,000 degrees! That’s more than 5 times the temperature of the sun.
  • Thunder is the rapid expansion of air around a lightning strike. When air is heated it expands, so the cracking and rumbling you hear is the 50,000-degree lightning almost instantaneously expanding the air around it.
  • Thunder is heard after the lightning strike because light travels much faster than the speed of sound. The warmer the air, the faster the sound of thunder travels, and the colder the air, the slower the sound of thunder travels.
  • You can deduce the distance of the storm by counting the time difference between the lightning and the thunder (5 seconds = 1 mile away).
  • There are 50 to 100 cloud to ground lightning strikes every second world wide, that’s over 3 million strikes per day!
  • “Heat” lightning is just a lightning strike that is too far away to hear the thunder, because thunder can only be heard 12 miles away. It is only called heat lightning because it happens most often in the summer.
  • The electricity in lightning travels from the ground up, not from the cloud to the ground.

Tina Arthur, CHMM
Environmental, Safety, Health, & Security Manager
Hager Companies

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