The workforce of the Arctic is affected by a rapidly changing climate, as well as the global economic, demographic, and technological megatrends. The quest for resources, energy, and new trading routes, as well as a changing climate, drive enterprises and people north.
Improving Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is central to reduce adverse health, performance and productivity effects and overall societal costs from climate change. Occupations in the Arctic involve various exposures to physical, chemical, and biological factors. Additionally, the varying climatic conditions and rapid warming of the Arctic will likely increase the rise of adverse effects on worker’s health and well-being. Additionally, workforce demography, digitalisation and urbanisation further affect Arctic occupational health.