Networking event of the G7 OSH institutions - Climate Change meets Occupational Safety and Health

17 October 2022 at DGUV Congress in Dresden, Germany

Climate change and its various effects will be major challenges for the international community in the near future. Climate change is comprehensive, affecting both, private life and work. It will have a significant impact on working conditions. Owing to global warming, we will be working and producing under changed climatic conditions throughout the world. This cannot only entail a decline in productivity, but above all considerable risks for occupational safety and health. Heat stress, ultraviolet radiation and an increased spread of vectors carrying infectious diseases due to higher average temperatures already pose real threats. At the same time, climate change is increasing the likelihood of extreme weather events such as floods, storms, droughts and heat waves. The influence of chemical substances (especially hazardous substances), for example in the growing recycling industry, new raw material extraction and the field of renewable energy, also need to be taken into account.

These risks have a clear impact on the safety and health of workers in numerous sectors. In order to specify these challenges more precisely and to identify suitable measures for enabling occupational activities to remain feasible under the changed conditions, it is necessary to identify and address research gaps at an international level.

Ensuring occupational safety and health in times of climate change in a green economy are of high priority for the German G7 presidency in the Employment Track. Therefore, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) and the Institutes of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) seek to address relevant topics in a networking event.

This networking event will be a platform to discuss climate change-related challenges, research results, lessons-learned and solutions for a healthy and safe work in times of climate change on an international level.

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Occupational safety and health regulations provide relevant information and mandatory or voluntary rules for enabling safe and health work in times of climate change. This post-workshop on regulation will revisit the main outcomes and (primarily scientific) results of the previous day and provide a possibility for a joint group discussion.

Information about the different regulatory approaches in the participating countries will be discussed in the group in order to identify common challenges, existing solutions and approaches for future joint initiatives and cooperations. Participants will be able to present the situation in their nation in a short way.

This open and cooperative exchange of information and positions will be initiated by a keynote speech, outlining the regulatory approach with respect to ambient conditions in the workplace and climate, in Germany. The following group discussion addresses relevant issues and questions about transferring scientific knowledge on occupational safety and health into the design of future work. It will also consider, among other topics, the required balance of enabling safe work conditions on the one hand and other protective goals on the other hand (e.g. energetic needs, decarbonization). We will also work on the different national approaches and solutions for regulations or recommendations for companies and enterprises. Further discussions will refer to sub-topics (e.g., temperature or UV radiation) and allow in-depth discussion of these topics, too.

The overall goal is to learn from the different approaches in the participating countries and to identify potential for future, joint possibilities and solutions.

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Registration by 16 September 2022

Invited are representatives of G7 occupational safety and health institutions as well as scientific and research organizations which deal with the occupational safety and health dimension of new climate change-related challenges.

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Organizers

German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV)
Glinkastraße 40
D-10117 Berlin
Germany
www.dguv.de

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)
Friedrich-Henkel-Weg 1-25
D-44149 Dortmund
Germany
www.baua.de