Climate-related occupational hazards have historically received little attention. In 2009, NIOSH began work to address this gap and developed a framework to identify climate-related occupational hazards. Recently, NIOSH investigators published new work in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. Based on a review and assessment of the peer-reviewed literature from 2008–2014, the article updates the original framework and identifies key priorities in research, surveillance, risk assessment, and policy development.

The updated framework identifies seven climate-related occupational hazards:

  1. Increased ambient temperatures
  2. Air pollution
  3. Ultraviolet radiation exposure
  4. Extreme weather
  5. Vector-borne diseases and expanded habitats
  6. Industrial transitions and emerging industries
  7. Changes in the built environment.

Why is climate such a risk for workers?

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