Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities Program PPOP

What are our priorities?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (TWU) Program works with partners in industry, labor, government agencies, trade associations, professional organizations, and academia. The program focuses on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities among TWU workers, prioritizing areas related to:

  • Transportation and fatigue
  • Human-machine interaction
  • Work-related obesity and chronic disease.
What do we do?
  • Use surveillance data and stakeholder input to guide research and prevention efforts in the TWU sector.
  • Research and promote work organization factors and healthy behaviors to reduce fatigue, obesity, and chronic disease.
  • Conduct research and provide recommendations to
What have we accomplished?
What’s next?
  • Publish a research article describing fatigue research needs in the transportation and utilities industries.
  • Publish a research article describing challenges in worker health and well-being for transportation workers.
  • Analyze new data to examine the relationship between working conditions and chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
  • Provide ongoing support to TWU workers as Essential Workers in emergency response.

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At-A-Glance

The TWU Program provides leadership to eliminate occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities among the nearly 7 million workers in this sector. This snapshot shows recent accomplishments and upcoming work.

Traumatic injury fatality rate, per 100,000 full-time equivalents (FTE) workers
tramatic injury fatal rate, per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The expected progress of vehicle automation (will impact transportation incidents & related injuries)
expected progress

Source: Adapted from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration graphic "Five Eras of Safety"

Percent of workers reporting chronic conditions, 19 states
percent of workers

Source: 2013-2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. Note: BMI= body mass index

To learn more, visit
https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/programs/twu
September 2021

Page last reviewed: June 29, 2020