Special Issue "Climate Change: An Often-Missed Cause of Occupational Injuries?"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Climate Change and Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Matteo Riccò
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Azienda USL-IRCCS di Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Interests: work-related musculoskeletal disorders; infectious diseases; biological risk in occupational settings and its prevention; environmental health
Prof. Nicola Luigi Bragazzi
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Dr. Vincenza Gianfredi
Guest Editor
Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Università Vita Salute-San Raffaele, Milano, Italy
Interests: epidemiology; prevention; infectious diseases; biological risk in occupational settings and its prevention; vaccine preventable disease

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are soliciting articles for this special Issue of IJERPH, which is entitled "Climate change: an often-missed cause of occupational injuries?" Mean annual air temperatures are globally getting hotter. As recently stated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warming from pre- industrial levels to the decade 2006–2015 ranges between 0.75°C and 0.99°C, with a significant surge in both magnitude and frequency of extreme events such as heatwaves (HWs). In the past decades, biomedical research has typically focused on the effects of the climate change on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, while studies on the impact of the environmental heat focused on highly vulnerable residential groups (e.g. elderly, people affected by chronic diseases, etc.), particularly after the major events of 1995 (North America) and 2003 (Western Europe). More recently, high environmental temperatures have been associated with an increased risk of occupational injuries, particularly for settings characterized by a combination of environmental exposure, uncontrolled heat sources, and strenuous muscular work. As the climate change effects seem to worsen, with 20 to 40% of human population that during 2006-2015 has already experienced a mean warming of more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial, understanding the impact of environmental factors on the workforce has become a public health priority.

The primary objective of this special issue will be therefore to evaluate the relationship between climate factors and occupational injuries. Authors are therefore solicited to contribute with their original researches on the association between environmental factors (including, but not limited to: high air temperatures, temperature variability, extreme climate events, air pollution) and the occurrence of occupational events; the actual and/or potential impact of preventive measures designed and implemented by national and local stakeholders; the understanding of the health threat represented by climate change in the occupational settings. Studies on the physiology of working in high, uncomfortable temperatures, and on the impacts of climate change on the ecology of work-related infectious diseases will be highly appreciated.

Dr. Matteo Riccò
Dr. Nicola Luigi Bragazzi
Dr. Vincenza Gianfredi
Guest Editors

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  • environmental exposure
  • occupational health
  • climate change

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