WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE

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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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Using Total Worker Health® Concepts to Reduce Fatigue among Retail Workers 
Retail workers in the United States engage in more shift work and long work hours. These schedules can result in fatigue and related health issues. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends an integrated approach to addressing fatigue in retail work [Through its Total Worker Health® (TWH) Program Model] . This approach is one that protects workers from work-related injury and illness and helps them advance their overall health and well-being, on and off the job. The approach includes addressing factors that affect both the workplace and home life, including autonomy at work, workload, and environmental factors. This document describes organizational practices related to scheduling, flexibility, and the work environment that can help address the causes and consequences of fatigue among retail workers.

Wholesale and Retail Trade – One Page Summary
Program Performance One-Pagers (PPOPs) describe the relevance and impact of NIOSH WRT program in a one-page fact sheet. The fact sheet briefly discusses what our priorities are, what we do, what we have accomplished in the past year, and what is next in the upcoming year.

Page last reviewed: May 21, 2018