Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities

Program Description

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The mission of the Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities (TWU) Program is to reduce occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities among workers in these industries through a focused program of research and prevention. The program strives to fulfill its mission through the following approaches:

High Quality Research: Conducting high quality, evidence-based research and prevention activities that will lead to reductions in occupational injuries and illnesses among workers in TWU industries through surveillance, exposure assessments, and field work.

The TWU program’s research is focused on these areas:

  • Reducing transportation- and fatigue-related injuries among TWU workers
  • Addressing human-machine interaction to reduce injuries and illnesses among TWU workers
  • Reducing obesity and chronic disease among TWU workers

Practical Solutions: Developing useful and effective solutions to the complex problems that cause occupational injuries, illness, and fatalities to improve the safety, health and well-being of TWU workers.

Partnerships: Collaborating with partners in labor, industry, government, academia and other stakeholders to achieve successful and sustainable outcomes. Our partners contribute by:

  • Stimulating relevant and innovative research
  • Access to workplaces for field-based research
  • Encouraging science-based changes to improve the safety, health and well-being of TWU workers

Research to Practice (r2p): Formulating a strategy to promote the transfer and translation of research findings into prevention practices and products that will be adopted in the workplace. Each research project includes a plan for translating and transferring NIOSH research findings, technologies, and information into effective injury and illness prevention practices.

Page last reviewed: December 12, 2019