Wholesale and Retail Trade Program

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The Wholesale and Retail Trade (WRT) program provides leadership to prevent diseases, injuries and fatalities in wholesale and retail trade workers. Through our partnerships and research efforts, we are able to address the injuries and illnesses affecting wholesale and retail trade workers, especially among vulnerable worker groups.

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Expanded analysis of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities
In an article published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, NIOSH researchers expanded a comprehensive overview of the 2006 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the Wholesale and Retail Trade (WRT) sector to include an additional ten years (2006-2016) of BLS data, for a richer, more complex view. The study reports on the WRT injury and illness burden, examines the underlying changes in demographics that could be contributing to safety and health risks, and highlights WRT subsectors that merit intervention

Sector Description

The NIOSH Wholesale and Retail Trade sector program is focused on the prevention of occupational fatal and nonfatal injuries and illnesses for more than 21 million workers and includes all jobs under NAICS code 42 & 44-45. WRT subsectors includes the nondurable and durable goods merchant wholesalers, building material and garden equipment and supply stores, food and beverage stores, furniture and home furnishing stores, general merchandise stores, and motor vehicle and parts dealers.

Research Priorities
  • Reducing occupational musculoskeletal disorders among an aging workforce and through use of emerging technologies.
  • Preventing traumatic injuries such as falls on the same level and motor vehicle crashes.
  • Promoting safe and healthy work design to improve safety and health among workers in non-standard work arrangements, young workers and other vulnerable workers

The Wholesale and Retail Trade Program Performance One-Pager (PPOP) offers a snapshot of NIOSH programs’ priorities, strategies used to make progress towards priorities, recent accomplishments, and upcoming work.

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NORA Council
The WRT program helps lead the NORA Wholesale and Retail Trade Sector Council, which brings together individuals and organizations to share information, form partnerships, and promote adoption and dissemination of solutions that work. The Council seeks to facilitate the most important research, understand the most effective intervention strategies, and learn how to implement those strategies to achieve sustained improvements in workplace practice. The council authored the National Occupational Research Agenda for Wholesale and Retail Trade.

Contact the Wholesale and Retail Trade program with any questions at RETAILWRKR@CDC.GOV

Page last reviewed: June 30, 2020