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Occupational safety and health and climate change

Published 24.3.2022
Updated 24.3.2022

One-off survey

Occupational safety and health and climate change

Climate change affects work life in many ways

Have issues related to climate change been discussed on a general level at your workplace?To what extent has climate change has affected your workplace in the past couple of yearsPercentage of respondents, %​​0102030405060708090100A lot or extensivelyTo some extentLittle or not at allCannot say

What measures has your workplace taken to mitigate climate change?

Our workplace encourages acting in a climate-friendly mannerWays of working have been altered in order to mitigate climate changeProcurement takes into account climate friendlinessOur workplace has a climate or environmental vision or strategyThe workplace cafeteria serves vegetarian and locally produced foodMy workplace has participated in public discourse on the topicThere is information on the climate impact of our work available at our workplaceOur workplace organizes training or development measures related to topics such as mitigation of climate change or circular economyOrientation includes reviewing climate-friendly practicesPercentage of respondents, %​​0102030405060708090100Completely agreeSomewhat agreeSomewhat disagreeCompletely disagreeCannot say or does not apply to our workplace

Has your workplace provided instructions to employees on how to conduct daily work in a climate-friendly manner regarding the following issues?

Recycling sorting reuseReduction of consumption (such as printing only when necessary and avoiding disposable tableware)Saving energyMaterial and raw material efficiencyClimate-friendly business travel (work-related travel or avoiding travel)Climate-friendly commuting (between home and the workplace)Making use of environmental information in work (in tasks such as planning, training and communications)Percentage of respondents, %​​0102030405060708090100YesNoCannot say or does not apply to our workplace

Have the effects of climate change been addressed at your workplace from the perspective of occupational safety?

Have the effects of climate change been addressed at your workplace from the perspective of occupational safetyPercentage of respondents, %​​0102030405060708090100YesNoCannot say

Which occupational safety risks associated with climate change have been identified as applying to work at your workplace?

Increased slipperinessThermal exposureUse of protective equipment in hot conditionsRisks caused by extreme weather conditions (floods, storms, heat waves) and measures afterwardsAmount of rainfall and its variationThe combined effects of chemical and thermal exposureIllnesses transmitted by ticks and other animalsConcern and psychological stress related to climate changeUV radiationIncreased amount of pollen or prolongation of the pollen seasonChemical exposures in the circular economyBiological exposure agents of the circular economyIncreased use of pesticidesPercentage of respondents, %​​0102030405060708090100Identified as applying to our workplace to a significant extentIdentified as applying to some extentIdentified as applying only very little or not at allIdentified as something that will apply in the near futureThe issue has not been addressed at our workplaceCannot say

How concerned do you think the employees at your workplace are about the impact of climate change on occupational safety?

How concerned do you think the employees at your workplace are about the impact of climate change on occupational safety?Percentage of respondents, %​​0102030405060708090100Very concernedConcernedA little concernedNot at all concernedCannot say

The occupational safety and health panel is a survey that is targeted at the occupational safety and health personnel and focuses on topics of current interest related to work life. In 2021, the theme was occupational safety and health and climate change.

Description

The purpose of the survey is to support the occupational safety and health personnel’s work: the results give tips on the matters to which attention should be paid at workplaces. The survey also provides information about the status of current topics related to work life at Finnish workplaces.

A short electronic survey is sent once a year to a sample extracted from the occupational safety and health personnel register. The survey focuses on occupational safety and health activities and topical matters related to workplace activities and well-being at work at each particular moment. In 2021, the theme was occupational safety and health and climate change.

The occupational safety and health panel has been conducted since 2012. The panel is carried out in co-operation by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and the Centre for Occupational Safety.

What the indicators describe

The indicators describe estimates by occupational safety managers and representatives regarding climate change and occupational safety: how climate change has affected the workplace, what measures the workplace has taken, what instructions have been given to employees, and which occupational safety risks related to climate change have been identified.

The survey data consists of the survey conducted in October–November 2021 (521 responses, of which 29% were from occupational safety managers and 71% from occupational safety representatives).

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Contact information

Minna Toivanen

+358 30 474 2665

Hanna Uusitalo

+358 30 474 8666

Jarna Savolainen

+358 40 561 2022

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