Manufacturing Program: Burden, Need and Impact


Burden, Need and Impact

There were approximately 15.4 million workers in Manufacturing in 2017, which is 10% of the workforce. This sector accounted for 5.8% of the fatalities for U.S. workers. It also had approximately 426,400 occupational injuries and illnesses, 12.5% of the total.1 Although injuries and illnesses are challenging to track and are frequently undercounted, this is the best estimate available at this time.2

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Data related to some of the health outcomes of concern may be available in the NIOSH Worker Health Charts (WHC). WHC is a web application that uses data from various sources to visualize worker health data that may be difficult to find or not charted elsewhere. Note that some industries may not be represented in this tool due to small sample size.

NIOSH strives to maximize its impact in occupational safety and health. The Manufacturing Program identifies priorities to guide investments, and base those priorities on the evidence of burden, need and impact.  In 2012, NIOSH published the Mortality and disability report among workers 18 and older in the Manufacturing Sector, 1997-2007.pdf icon Below are the priority areas for the Manufacturing Program.

1 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. (2015). Current U.S. Workforce Data by NORA sector.
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2016). An update on SOII undercount research activities. icon

Page last reviewed: November 22, 2019