Tut, tut, it looks like rain

Or in today’s case, snow.  It’s April 8 and it’s snowing; go figure.  Anymore, the weather is even more unpredictable than ever. Mark Twain summed it up when he said, “In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.”

In one way or another, the weather affects us all. It can make us happy, sad, energized, tired or bored; it can make or break our day. But did you know climate change can affect the health and wellness of your workforce?  A new report released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program shows that climate change can affect human health in two main ways – by changing the severity or frequency of current health problems and by creating unprecedented or unanticipated health problems or health threats in places where they have not previously occurred. More people in more places are being exposed to public health threats.

These climate-related changes are already leading to poor air quality and higher pollen counts; elevating the risks of cardiovascular and respiratory problems. And there’s more. Changes in temperature extremes and seasonal weather patterns can affect water quality, increase the number of diseases transmitted through food, water and other organisms; and increase the stresses to our mental health and well-being. Workers often have less control over their environment and their exposure to climate-related risks.

Predicting climate change and the weather is an uncertain science at best, but knowing the affect it can have on the safety and well-being of your employees is a fact. Make sure you consider it as one more part of your comprehensive safety program.

Posted by MJ Thomas

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