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Abstract: The effects brought by climate change and the pandemic uponworker health and wellbeing are varied and necessitate the identification and implementation of improved strategic interventions. This review aims, firstly, to assess how climate change affects occupational accidents, focusing on the impacts of extreme air temperatures and natural disasters; and, secondly, to analyze the role of the pandemic in this context. Our results show that the manifestations of climate change affect workers physically while on the job, psychologically, and by modifying the work environment and conditions; all these factors can cause stress, in turn increasing the risk of suffering a work accident.
There is no consensus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on work accidents; however, an increase in adverse mental effects on workers in contact with the public (specifically in healthcare) has been described. It has also been shown that this strain affects the risk of suffering an accident.
During the pandemic, many people began to work remotely, and what initially appeared to be a provisional situation has been made permanent or semi-permanent in some positions and companies. However, we found no studies evaluating the working conditions of those who telework.
In relation to the combined impact of climate change and the pandemic on occupational health, only publications focusing on the synergistic effect of heat due to the obligation to wear COVID-19-specific PPE, either outdoors or in poorly acclimatized indoor environments, were found.
It is essential that preventive services establish newmeasures, trainworkers, and determine newpriorities for adapting working conditions to these altered circumstances.
Autoría: Ana Santurtún y Jeffrey Shaman
Fuente: Science of the Total Environment, 2023, 871, 162129
Año de publicación: 2022
Nº de páginas: 6
Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista
Url de la publicación: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.162129
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