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Does global warming have an impact on working conditions?

global warming working conditions

According to a report from ANSES (European national agency for food safety and working conditions), exposure to heat & infectious diseases in some countries, and increased weather risks are issues of the coming decades.

If the report speaks of a 2050 horizon, the consequences of climate change on working conditions will not be long in appearing. Here again, the keyword is definitely “adaptation”. If we assume that humanity will not stop greenhouse gas emissions, we’ll need closely monitor these three factors and their consequences on workforce health.

Rising temperatures

Heat stroke, sunstroke, dehydration, etc., are all consequences due to increased heat. Heat increase episodes are clearly on the rise. Episodes of heat waves have significant consequences on the working part of the population. They also do on those who don’t work.

Evolution of the biological and chemical environment

Global change will trigger growth and evolution of several infectious diseases (transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, etc.) and favor new strains of old diseases. Diseases hitherto confined to the southern hemisphere are migrating north. This is a risk for those working in nature or in regular contact with animals.

Increased extreme events

Floods, torrential rains, hurricanes, tornadoes, but also indirect phenomena such as forest fires will be more common than they already are. These lead to increased risk-taking, and therefore an increase in accidents, physical fatigue, and psychological fatigue.

Therefore, all actors need to start thinking about our future needs, not just theirs, because we all have an impact on everyone else.

Organizational changes will inevitably have to be put in place to anticipate and adapt to these changes. This adaptation will inevitably require a better understanding of the impact of weather factors on business organizations and their activities.

MeteoGlobale offers programs to support change

  • Understand the impact of weather factors.
  • Quantify and determine what these factors are.
  • Determine which actions to change.
  • Daily personalized weather forecasting of these changes.

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