Climate Change and the Health of Occupational Groups

EPA. Climate Change and the Health of Occupational Groups. Factsheet. 2016.
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Certain groups of workers are especially vulnerable to health impacts from climate change because of where they work and the type of work that they do. Climate change may increase the occurrence and severity of some existing occupational hazards and may also lead to new and unanticipated risks. Some workers also encounter unique hazards related to climate change, such as the exposure of firefighters to wildfires. It is important that employers understand the impacts of climate change so they can take steps to prepare for potential changes in the work environment and protect their workers. Employers, safety professionals, and workers should stay informed about emerging issues and hazards associated with climate change to better develop plans that address worker safety and health.