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, which received final approval from ANSI on February 15, 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 is 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.
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) serves as secretariat of the Z15 Accredited Standards Committee. The Z15 Committee draws its membership from more than 30 government agencies, insurance companies, employers, consulting groups, and trade associations. More information about the Z15.1 standard is available from ASSE.
World Health Day: "Road Safety is No Accident"
NIOSH worked with other Federal agencies to coordinate U.S. activities in commemoration of World Health Day 2004, serving on the Interagency Planning Committee with partners such as the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of State, and the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Global Health Affairs. NIOSH contributed data and key points on occupational road safety for inclusion in the World Health Organization's World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention, which was released to coincide with World Health Day.
NIOSH worked with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other partners to coordinate worker safety activities associated with World Health Day 2004. A press event held at PAHO headquarters on April 12, 2004, Occupational Road Safety: Local Strategies for a Global Problem , highlighted the importance of occupation within the broader road safety context. Marilyn Fingerhut, Ph.D., NIOSH International Coordinator, delivered opening remarks at the event, and Stephanie Pratt of the Division of Safety Research participated in a panel that also included Maureen Shaw of the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (Canada ), Kathy Lusby-Treber of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, and Chuck Hurley of the National Safety Council. NIOSH also developed two fact sheets on occupational road safety that were released on World Health Day in both English and Spanish, and provided other related NIOSH documents to attendees and for distribution to PAHO member Nations.
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