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, EHS

Nathan is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice out of the New York office. His current research agenda focusses on the intersection of Sustainability and ESG trends with the EHS operational sphere. Prior to joining Verdantix, Nathan worked at Bluefield Research where he gained experience in consulting and market research within the global water industry. Nathan holds a MSc in Water: Science and Governance from King’s College London.

Bill Pennington

VP Research, EHS & Risk Management.

Bill leads the Verdantix Environment, Health & Safety and Risk Management practice. His current agenda focuses on EHS and sustainability services, product stewardship as well as benchmarking EHS technology buyer’s budgets, priorities and preferences globally. Bill comes from a background of corporate EHS roles in the manufacturing and logistics industries. He holds an MBS degree in sustainability from the Rutgers University.

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