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Upcoming Webinar Series on Climate Change and Global Occupational Health and Safety

Upcoming Webinar Series on Climate Change and Global Occupational Health and Safety


Published on March 28, 2023

The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, Global Labour Research Centre, and ReSTORE (University of Toronto) are proud to cosponsor CIFAL York's new Climate Change and Global Occupational Health and Safety speaker series.

Climate change and its related mobility responses, both coined as one of the main public health crises of the 21st century, often have adverse, and sometimes beneficial, effects on health and health systems. Climate threats may also push those with the poorest health to places with fragmented access to health care, exacerbating their health needs. Health services often struggle to ensure adequate and equitable access to care for those affected, and to meet the changing needs of dynamic populations. A number of both indoor and outdoor worker populations may be particularly vulnerable to climate variations (emergency responders, health care workers, fire fighters, utility workers, farmers, manufacturing workers and transportation workers). Climate conditions can amplify existing health and safety issues and could lead to new unanticipated hazards including high temperatures, air pollution, extreme weather and natural disasters, and biological hazards. Work is central in people’s lives, integrally intertwined as it positively impacts the physical, mental, financial, and social health and well-being of individuals. The extent of the impact of climate change (e.g., climate-sensitive hazards) on human health is poor understood and there is little evidence examining it in the occupational health context. To address these challenges warrants an extensive, transdisciplinary approach including health, industry and government partners.

  • Dates: Six webinars; biweekly Wednesdays from April 12 - June 21, 2023
  1. APR 12 Climate Change and Occupational Health: Exploring Their Inter-Relationships
  2. APR 26 Global Health Governance for Climate-Induced Global Occupational Health Challenges
  3. MAY 10 Climate Change and Impacts on Mental Health in Occupational Settings
  4. MAY 24 Climate Governance Through Global Health Diplomacy & Climate Diplomacy
  5. JUN 7 Climate Change Related Occupational Health Impacts on Farmers and Resulting Consequences
  6. JUN 21 Climate Change and Maritime OHS Challenges: The Case of Canadian Arctic Shipping
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET


Global Health & Humanitarianism, Global Health Foresighting, Planetary Health



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