E7: Climate Change Challenges and Opportunities for OH&S

David Roskelley, MSPH, CIH, CSP Moderator
R&R Environmental, Inc.
Sandy, UT 
United States of America
Michael Larranaga, PhD, CIH, FAIHA Presenter
REM Risk
Dallas, TX 
United States of America
Dr. John Comiskey, EdD Co-Presenter
Monmouth University
West Long Branch, NJ 
United States of America
Brenda Jacklitsch, PhD, MS Co-Presenter
Cincinnati, OH 
Tue, 5/24: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT
Education Session 
Music City Center 
Room: Meeting Room 106 A 


Climate change presents challenges and opportunities for the OH&S community. Challenges may include: a) novel threats, b) rapidly evolving work environments, c) exacerbation of existing hazards, d) multiple/simultaneous crises, d) cascading effects, and e) expanding OH&S roles and responsibilities. Opportunities may include: a) new vocations, b) technological innovations, c) investment, d) improved work-life balance and health outcomes, and e) changes in economic policy. Addressing challenges and opportunities requires:1) new ways of thinking; 2) threat surveillance; 3) adaptive capacity to address volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) threats; 4) inter-agency collaboration; 5) enhanced training and education; 6) new competencies in foresight and planning; and 7) capability to respond to multiple and simultaneous crises. The many uncertainties opportunities associated with possibilistic OH&S climate change can be effectively managed to create a better future for the OH&S profession and its stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

• Describe the challenges and opportunities inherent to climate change with respect to OH&S.
• Determine how future OH&S practices may be affected by climate change. 

Content Level


Interactive Session Experience



Also part of the Virtual Program
Available as part of AIHce OnDemand
Climate Change Hazards and Risks
Risk Assessment and Management