The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has a plan for reducing the leading cause of work-related deaths in the U.S. – and it wants your input.

The NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety Strategic Plan, 2020-2029 is intended to address risks faced by millions of workers who drive or ride in a motor vehicle as part of their jobs. These risks affects workers in many industries and occupations, whether they use a tractor-trailer or a passenger vehicle.

The plan includes research and communication to prevent work-related motor vehicle crashes and injuries and aligns with the priority industry sectors (i.e., oil and gas extraction; public safety; transportation, warehousing, and utilities; and wholesale and retail trade).

According to NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard, here’s what the agency wants to know:

  1. Does the draft plan address the research that is most critical for understanding and reducing work-related motor vehicle crashes and injuries? If not, please provide details on research topics that are also critical and should therefore be added to the plan.
  2. Are there research topics in the draft plan that are low-priority or are already being adequately addressed by others, which therefore should not be included in the plan? If so, please identify these topics and explain why they should not be included.

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NIOSH is the only part of the federal government whose mission includes prevention of work-related crashes and resulting injuries for workers who drive all types of vehicles (not just the commercial motor vehicles regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation).