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Climate Change - what can you do to prepare for it's effects?
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Climate Change. Who is getting ready? Should you?
Fictitious or not, cities and states are getting ready for Climate Change. What does that mean to you and me? The term Climate Change is a vague political football tossed around in congress and at the meetings of our world leaders, but what it means to John in Virginia or Chris in Ohio is often left unsaid. It is predicted that as the climate shifts, the world will become subject to frequent extreme weather patterns. A concept not hard to believe after this summer's tornadoes and flooding, followed by the start of the fall hurricanes. It will happen gradually and there is time to prepare, but where to start? One thing is clear, that we should start. We are building structures, bridges and roads expected to last for many, many years. We need to start factoring the potential effects of Climate Change into our design. We also need to educate ourselves on what our region can expect and factor that into our long term decisions. One example of this would be site selection for construction of a new campus or facility. Some of our government agencies have already started working on setting up their long term strategies.
The CDC policies and strategies can be found on their website, setting the framework for what they are working on. In one of their programs, CDC is helping cities and states throughout the country prepare for and access coming challenges through the Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative. The CDC is currently funding 10 different city and state health departments to get their agencies prepared for the impact of Climate Change. The goal is to develop strategies to predict the impact of Climate Change in their area, measure their capacity to deal with that impact and develop action plans to obtain that capacity. The CDC will partner them with scientific experts to predict what their area can expect and correlate those changes with possible health effects from those changes. The participants range from the city of San Francisco to the State of Minnesota.
The US EPA is looking at Climate Change from a little different prospective. Their Climate Change page is more environmentally slanted. It has nice descriptions of what the suspected mechanisms of Climate Change are and what it means to the different geographical areas. It suggests that there are things you can do today to help, and gives lots of practical concrete ideas. One page helps you calculate your Personal Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) in different situations, commuting, working, etc. The calculations for GHG emissions will become more and more important from a business stand point as regulations limiting and controlling those emissions are put in place. Getting a handle on your GHG emissions now will put you in a good position to compete later.
Another source of information with a really nice breakdown of impacts by sector is the Unites States Global Change Research Program. This organization is responsible for a National climate assessment. They are compiling information into reports and disseminating that information. Their home page also breaks down Climate Change by regions. After reviewing all the predicted impacts, it is impossible to not translate those impacts onto your personal or business situation. They are many and far reaching. There is a page on the site that lists many of the federal Climate Change efforts, each one containing valuable information.
Here in California, the state has already had lots of legislative activity to combat Climate Change. The State's agenda can be found on their Climate Change Portal webpage with links to all the current legislation. California's page mainly focuses on how to prevent Climate Change and does not offer up much information on future planning based on the anticipated effects of Climate Change. As we head into the future, it appears that Climate Change will influence our work places in many ways, it's effects will be felt in the location of our buildings, the type and frequency of our commutes, the materials we work with and much much more. We hope we were able to provide a little different angle on the problem and some good links for additional information to help you start planning.
Please join us in congratulating Wenhai Xu on passing his exam to become a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) this July. This is quite an accomplishment! These professionals have to meet high academic standards, experience requirements and pass two rigorous examinations. Wenhai's milestone brings the number of CSPs working at HSA to three. When taken into consideration with our 8 Certified Industrial Hygienists, this makes HSA a consulting firm with an expanse of expertise that is unrivaled.
We also want to congratulate our staff member Russell Clay on passing his Certified Asbestos Consultant (CAC) exam. Russel has been with us for over three years and continues to take on more responsibilities. We are constantly striving to provide you with the highest expertise and encourage our employees to grow in their knowledge and qualifications.
Lastly, Ingrid Zubieta, one of our CIHs, has been invited to participate in an intense conference in San Francisco September 22nd and 23rd, focused on improving the health of California's low wage workers. We are excited about her participating in the 2011 California Wellness Foundation Conference on Wellness and Health.
HSA is proud to announce that we will be hosting classes in our Orange county training facility offered by the Continuing Education and Outreach Office of the Southern California NIOSH Education and Research Center at UCLA. We are excited about offering the Health and Safety community an Orange county location for these valuable courses given by the ERC's highly qualified staff. The first course, October 17th, will be Advanced Workplace Noise : Recognition, Measurement and Control. For more information see the training page on our website or go directly to the COEH website to register.
We will be offering the AIHA September 28th teleweb "Implementing the new Z88.7 - Respirator Element Color Coding" at our facility from 11:00am to 1:30pm. The cost is $65.00 which includes lunch and some networking time. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
We continue to provide a variety of training courses for the professionals in California, watch for our new Hazwoper Refresher course offering.
Finally, on October 19, 2011 we will be exhibiting at the Joint Technical Symposium, a wonderful one day Industrial Hygiene and Safety Conference in Long Beach. If you are in the neighborhood, come by and say hello!