NORA Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities Sector Council
The National Occupational Research Agenda for Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (TWU) is intended to identify the knowledge and actions most urgently needed to identify occupational risk factors to prevent avoidable adverse health outcomes among workers. This Agenda provides a vehicle for stakeholders to describe the most relevant issues, research gaps, and safety and health needs for the TWU sector. It is meant to be broader than any one agency or organization.
To develop the Agenda, TWU Council members posited ideas for “strategic objectives” that were intended as broad research objectives for the nation and would capture key improvements in occupational safety and health to be achieved. These built on advances in knowledge gained in the last decade, addressed emerging issues, and were expected to be reasonably achievable within the next decade. Council members’ ideas were synthesized into ten overarching strategic objectives for the TWU sector. There were some overlapping concepts in these objectives, but each was considered important and distinct enough to warrant its own objective. The common themes among the strategic objectives, including fatigue, slips and fall injuries, and new technology, were intentionally left dispersed throughout the strategic objectives and emphasize the complex nature of issues for the TWU sector. Volunteer workgroups wrote descriptions for each objective, which were reviewed by the Council and form the basis for this agenda. The TWU Council finalized this after a public comment period.
Objective 1: Reduce deaths and injuries among TWU workers
Objective 2: Reduce musculoskeletal disorders among TWU workers
Objective 3: Promote and improve the health and well-being of TWU workers
Objective 4: Increase knowledge about the association between TWU worker exposures and adverse health outcomes, and effective prevention and control strategies
Objective 5: Increase knowledge about the role of worker characteristics and impairment on TWU worker safety, health and well-being, and effective prevention strategies
Objective 6: Encourage Prevention through Design
Objective 7: Proactively address the safety implications of emerging technology
Objective 8: Support safe workplaces through organizational-level factors, programs and measures
Objective 9: Increase understanding of how changes in the economy affect the safety and well-being of TWU workers
Objective 10: Foster translation of research into practice to improve the health and well-being of TWU workers