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TRANSPORTATION, WAREHOUSING AND UTILITIES

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Program Description

The mission of the NIOSH research program for the Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities Sector is to eliminate occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities among workers in these industries through a focused program of research and prevention. The program strives to fulfill its mission through the following methods:

  • High Quality Research: NIOSH will continually strive for high quality research and prevention activities that will lead to reductions in occupational injuries and illnesses among workers in the Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities industries.
  • Practical Solutions: The NIOSH program for the Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities Sector is committed to the development of practical solutions to the complex problems that cause occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities among workers in these industries.
  • Partnerships: Collaborative efforts in partnership with labor, industry, government, and other stakeholders are usually the best means of achieving successful outcomes. Fostering these partnerships is a cornerstone of the NIOSH program for the Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities Sector.
  • Research to Practice (r2p): NIOSH research is truly valuable only when put into practice. Every research project within the NIOSH program for the Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities Sector formulates a strategy to promote the transfer and translation of research findings into prevention practices and products that will be adopted in the workplace.


Spotlights


National Health Interview Survey Occupational Health Supplement

Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities

In 2010, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), recognizing a growing need for current, national estimates on work-related health and safety conditions, sponsored an occupational health supplement (OHS) to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The profiles below summarize the 2010 NHIS-OHS for the Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities (TWU) sector.

Some results from the TWU sector include:

  • 12% of workers in TWU worked 60 or more hours per week, compared with 7% of all U.S. Workers.
  • Several occupations within TWU were more than twice as likely as all U.S. workers to work 48 or more hours per week. These workers include electrical power line installers / repairers, drivers / sales workers and truck drivers, and taxi drivers / chauffeurs
  • About 40% of workers in TWU were frequently exposed to vapors, gas, dust, or fumes at work compared to just 25% of all U.S. workers.
  • Over 80% of rail transportation workers were frequently exposed to vapors, gas, dust, or fumes at work.

To learn more, view the profiles below.

Industry Profile
This profile compares all Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities sector workers to all U.S. workers combined. Additionally, Figures 2 through 15b compare the prevalence of selected health outcomes; work organization and psychosocial factors; and physical and chemical exposures among 14 Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities industry subsectors.

Occupations Profile
This profile compares all Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities workers to all U.S. workers combined. Additionally, Figures 2 through 15b compare the prevalence of selected health outcomes; work organization and psychosocial factors; and physical and chemical exposures among 18 Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities occupational categories.


Other News

Risk Factors, Health Behaviors, and Injury Among Adults Employed in the Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities Super Sector [PDF - 156 KB]
American Journal of Industrial Medicine (December 2012)
This report details employee self-reported personal risk factors, health behaviors and habits, disease and chronic conditions, and employer-reported nonfatal injury experiences of workers in the TWU super sector as reported in theNational Health Interview Survey and the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

U.S. Department of Transportation Takes Action to Ensure Truck Driver Rest Time and Improve Safety Behind the Wheel
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a final rule by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to revises the hours-of-service (HOS) safety requirements for commercial truck drivers. The rule is available on FMCSA's Web site. FMCSA's new HOS final rule limits a driver's work week to 70 hours, a reduction of 12 hours, although the final rule retains the current 11-hour daily driving limit. In addition to the reduction, truck drivers must take a break of at least 30 minutes after working eight hours. The rule's "34-hour restart" provision allows drivers to restart the clock on their work week by taking at least 34 consecutive hours off-duty and requires truck drivers who maximize their weekly work hours to take at least two nights' rest between 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. The final rule allows drivers to use the restart provision only once during a seven-day period. Trucking companies that allow drivers to exceed the 11-hour driving limit by 3 or more hours could be fined $11,000 per offense, and the drivers themselves could face civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense. Commercial truck drivers and companies must comply with the HOS final rule by July 1, 2013.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces Federal Ban on Texting for Commercial Truck Drivers
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced federal guidance to expressly prohibit texting by drivers of commercial vehicles such as large trucks and buses. The prohibition is effective immediately and is the latest in a series of actions taken by the Department to combat distracted driving since the Secretary convened a national summit on the issue last September. The prohibition applies to drivers of interstate buses and trucks over 10,000 pounds. Truck and bus drivers who text while driving commercial vehicles may be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750.

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