Climate Change: Workplace Impacts New, Free

Understand and plan for the potential impacts of climate change on workplace health and safety.

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This handbook discusses climate change and its potential impacts on workplaces, employers, workers, and the work they do. It offers information and strategies for understanding and addressing climate-related hazards. Designed and written in clear language, this 40-page handbook includes diagrams, charts, links to resources, and a printable handout.


This handbook helps workplaces take action to identify, assess, control, and monitor climate-related hazards. It includes:

  • The direct and indirect impacts of climate change on the workplace and the people in it
  • How to take climate-related events into account when establishing policies and programs to address their impact on occupational health and safety
  • How to consider the impacts of climate change when completing workplace hazard identification and risk assessments
  • Potential approaches for addressing climate-related workplace hazards (such as emergency response and implementing safe work practices)


This handbook provides information to help understand and address the potential impacts of climate change on workplace health and safety.

Please note, this document does not refer to any jurisdiction-specific occupational health and safety legislation nor to any human rights legislation. Where recommendations are made, they are intended as good practices. For legal interpretation, contact your relevant jurisdiction or regulatory body.

Target Audience

This handbook is helpful for those involved in the development and implementation of workplace policies and programs, including employers, managers and supervisors, human resources professionals, and health and safety committee members and representatives. It is also useful for anyone interested in learning about climate change from a workplace perspective.

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Although every effort is made to ensure accuracy and completeness of the information, it is understood that CCOHS makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of such information and assumes no liability for any damages or loss suffered as a result of any inaccuracy or incompleteness therein.


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