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Outputs: Sector Council Products and Activities

The following products serve as a monthly forum for sharing information with members of the Wholesale and Retail Trade Sector Research Council and members of the public who have an interest in preventing injuries, illness and fatalities among more than 21 million employees working in 1.6 million workplaces within the wholesale and retail trade (WRT) sector.

Contact the Sector Coordinator or the NORA Coordinator with questions or comments at any time.


ChartBook: Injuries, Illnesses & Fatalities in the Wholesale & Retail Trade Sector
(Pub No. 2011-157)

Elements of an Effective Safety and Health Program
Wholesale Retail Trade Sector News Bulletin, Oct, 2010

Focus on: Risk Management: Don't let costly slip and fall injuries trip you up
Chain Store Age, March, 2010: 40-43.

Occupational Fatalities, Injuries, Illnesses, and Related Economic Loss in the Wholesale and Retail Trade Sector
Ame J Ind Med, March, 2010

Sage advice: Don't blow your top
Retail Merchan Nov, 2009. 49(6): 20-24.

National Wholesale and Retail Trade Agenda focusing research and intervention efforts.

Reduce the Risk of Costly Overexertion Injuries
Progressive Grocer, May, 2009: 108.

Health and Safety in Wholesale and Retail Trade: Hidden Dangers
The Synergist (An AIHA Publication), Vol 20, No.3., March, 2009: 31-34.

The High Cost of Overexertion Injuries: Guidance for Retailers
Retail Merchandiser, Jan/Feb 2009: 28-31.

National Wholesale and Retail Trade Agenda

NORA Sector Bulletins


Council activities are outlined below. Contact the Sector Coordinator with any questions or comments.

January 2010, Fourth meeting
The WRT Council considered presentations on marketing, insurance costs, the effect of the aging workforce, model programs, NIOSH research, and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)’ rulemaking process. The Council agreed on the following actions: 1) The WRT Council will convene a Translational Research Think Tank to evaluate current NIOSH research, identify research needs of the industry, and make recommendations to NIOSH on how better to move research findings into practice. 2) The WRT Council will convene a Marketing and Media Think Tank to raise awareness about NIOSH resources and address general marketing issues. The Marketing and Media Think Tank will discuss the feasibility of updating the Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment (EASE) Council’s Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling. 3) The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) will assist NIOSH in developing a basic marketing plan. 4) The NIOSH Small Business Assistance and Outreach Program will host a teleconference for the WRT Council members focusing on small business issues.

MOU with the Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) -
Partnership with NIOSH Improves Safety and Risk Management Resources for Retailers

July 2008, Third meeting
Presentations updated members on the Cost Burden of Occupational Injuries, the report of Council members on Working with Employers, Owners, and Employees following visits to local businesses, opportunities for collaboration arising from the Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities Sector Goals, and the NIOSH program's Prevention through Design Draft Strategic Goals. Workgroups will consider key actions to be taken in the following issue areas: Benchmarking, Exhibits, Grants, Violence, Materials Handling, and Tailoring for Small Business.

July 2007, Second meeting (July 2007 following the Prevention through Design workshop)
Presentations updated members on The Business Case for Safety, Measuring Performance: Benchmark Considerations, and Saving the Back: NIOSH’s new Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Materials Handling. A discussion identified goals and objectives that can be "readily implemented to make a difference" in the sector.

November 2006, First meeting
Meeting to outline sector issues, identify key stakeholder organizations for possible participation, and plan future actions. Workgroups formed to consider priorities in the following topic areas: Motor Vehicle, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Violence, and Falls.