TRANSPORTATION, WAREHOUSING AND UTILITIES
Partnerships are integral to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Program for the Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities Industry Sector. Input from customers and stakeholder groups, who have inherent knowledge and concern about the safety and health of workers in the sector, helps in setting research priorities. Collaborative research with our partners may include in-kind contributions that help to leverage NIOSH research dollars. Partners also add expertise or specialized experience to the research team, which benefits the research, analysis, interpretation, and communication of the results.
For information about partnering with the NIOSH Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities Program, contact the Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities Program Coordinator. For general information about partnerships with NIOSH, contact the NIOSH Office of Research and Technology Transfer.
Aviation Safety in Alaska
In 2000, the NIOSH Alaska Field Station formed an aviation safety partnership with the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service, Alaska Air Carriers Association, Alaska Airmen's Association, and the University of Alaska at Anchorage. This partnership included NIOSH's Aviation Safety in Alaska Project, which was designed to reduce the number of work-related aircraft crash fatalities in Alaska by collaborating with industry and organizations to improve collective knowledge of aviation hazards, and by planning for safe flying in Alaska. More information about this project can be found on the Commercial Aviation in Alaska topic page.
ANSI Z15 Standard, Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations
In cooperation with numerous other stakeholders, staff in the NIOSH Division of Safety Research made substantial contributions to the development of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard Z15.1, Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations in 2006. The Z15.1 standard is intended to further prevention of motor vehicle crashes, which are the leading cause of workplace fatalities and a major contributor to workers' compensation and liability costs, lost productivity, and property loss. The standard delineates minimum requirements for workplace traffic safety programs and was designed for use by any organization whose employees drive on the job. Approval of the Z15.1 standard was a landmark achievement in worker protection; this is the first occupational safety standard that offers comprehensive guidance to protect all workers who operate a motor vehicle as part of their job. In 2012, ANSI approved the first revisions to the standard (ANSI/ASSE, 2012). Changes include stronger guidance on seatbelt use, broader employer responsibilities for fatigue management, journey management, and expanded distracted driving information.
ISO 39001: 2012 consensus standard, Road Traffic Safety (RTS) Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for Use
ISO 39001 is an international standard designed for public or private organizations interested in improving their company’s road safety performance, developing and implementing a road safety management system, and checking progress toward road safety targets. The standard is supplemented by non-mandatory appendixes that provide guidance for implementation (ISO, 2012).
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