Strategic Focus: Protecting Workers From Climate Risk

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Executive Summary

The impacts of climate change on our environment are undeniable – and are increasing in scale and frequency. One of the most noticeable of these is the rise in dangerous weather occurrences that present a danger to health, in acute and chronic forms. To combat this, EHS operations will have to pre-emptively invest, and alter preparations, to protect employees from harm. This report will assist EHS managers and directors in defining new threat profiles. Our analysis presents several options that can provide context for the future of worker safety in a new climate.

Table of contents

The Changing Climate Presents New Challenges To Worker Safety
The Changing Climate Will Impact Industries In Both Predictable And Unique Ways
How Can Firms Protect Workers Against The Increasing Risks Of Climate Change?
EHS Functions Must Broaden Their Purviews To Encompass The Full Range Of Risk

Table of figures

Figure 1. Industry Risk And Example Threat
Figure 2. Climate-Related Risk Linkages
Figure 3. Firms’ Per Cent Change In Spend On PPE 
Figure 4. Rollout Of Digital Technologies In 2023

About the authors

Nathan Goldstein

Senior Analyst
Nathan is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice out of the New York office. His current research agenda focuses on the intersection of sustainability and ESG trends within the EHS operational sphere. Prior to joining Verdantix, Nathan worked at Bluefield Research, where he covered the global water industry, with a focus on the energy, industrial and digital segments. Nathan holds a MSc in Water: Science and Governance from King’s College London.

Bill Pennington

VP Research, EHS & Risk Management
Bill is the VP Research for the Verdantix EHS & Risk Management practices. His current agenda focuses on understanding the evolution of EHS and enterprise risk management, evaluating emerging strategic risks and benchmarking technology buyers’ budgets, priorities and preferences globally.

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