Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities Program
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 injury and illness among TWU workers, prioritizing areas related to:
- Transportation and fatigue
- Human-machine interaction
- Work-related obesity and chronic disease.
- Use surveillance data and stakeholder input to guide research and prevention efforts in the TWU sector.
- Research and promote healthy behaviors and work organization factors to reduce fatigue, obesity, and chronic disease.
- Conduct research and provide recommendations to manufacturers,
- employers, employees, and others to reduce transportation and machine-related injuries.
- Work with partners and the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) TWU Sector Council to widely disseminate research findings and prevention recommendations.
- Published a research article identifying the number and rate of workplace overdose fatalities by industry. Workplace overdose fatality rates were highest in the transportation industry (3.0/1 million full-time equivalent workers).
- Published a fact sheet in collaboration with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on preventing robberies and violence against taxi drivers.
- Participated in working hours, sleep and fatigue forum to identify research gaps and needs in the TWU sector.
- Provided input on occupational safety research needs to a federal report, “Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologiespdf iconexternal icon.”
- NIOSH-supported researchers published a research article identifying associations between the percentage of dietary calories from fat and lack of regular physical activity, self-reported sleep apnea, tobacco use, and alcohol use among truck drivers.
- Publish a research article describing fatigue research gaps and needs in the TWU sector.
- Publish a research article on the interrelationships between truck drivers’ delivery schedules, compliance with safety rules, and job satisfaction.
- Contribute to a Department of Transportation report to Congress on the potential impacts of automated vehicle technologies on the workforce.
- Analyze existing data to describe chronic diseases such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome among TWU workers.
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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.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Source: Adapted from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration graphic "Five Eras of Safety"
Source: 2013-2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. Note: BMI= body mass index
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