M3: Adapting to the OEHS Challenges of a Warming World

Clint Smith, MS, CIH, CSP Moderator
Colden Corporation
East Syracuse, NY 
United States of America
Doug Fallon, CIH, CSP Presenter
Colden Corportation
Washington, DC 
United States of America
Sadie Daffer, BS/CIH Co-Presenter
U.S. Army Public Health Command
Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg 
Wed, 5/24: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PDT
Education Session 
Phoenix Convention Center 
Room: North 122 A 
CM Credit Hours:


This session will be an interactive presentation on the OEHS challenges associated with the climate change impacts. Topics include: 1) the biological, chemical, and physical hazards that are worsening because of global warming, 2) the predicted impacts on the day-to-day work of OEHS professionals and those we serve, and 3) what we can do to cope with our new reality. Hazards for discussion include: a) infectious disease, b) wildfire by-products, c) severe weather, d) thermal stress, and e) affect on indoor air quality from changing carbon dioxide concentrations. This presentation is designed to improve OEHS professionals' ability to anticipate and recognize climate change hazards in their areas of responsibility.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

• Describe the OEHS hazards that arise from climate change impacts.
• Review the who, what and where that will be impacted by climate change hazards.
• Outline emergency planning recommendations to prepare for severe weather, wildfires, and infectious diseases.
• Use modeling resources to determine thermal stress risk at worksites.
• Summarize the applicable regulations and guidelines for the control of climate change hazards. 

Content Level


Interactive Session Experience


Organizational Category


Primary Industry

Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing
All Industries


Also part of the Virtual Program
Available as part of AIHce OnDemand
Changing Workplaces, Workforce, and Work Arrangements
Climate Change Hazards and Risks
Emergency Preparedness & Response

Type of Session

Practical application