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
CDC/NIOSH
Cincinnati, OH 
 
Tue, 5/24: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT
Education Session 
Music City Center 
Room: Meeting Room 106 A 

Description

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

Introductory

Interactive Session Experience

Campfire
Q&A

Topics

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