Transportation occupations include jobs with airlines, at airports, or in rail, trucking or urban mass transit. The range of hazards is as broad. Flight attendants may be exposed to contaminated air in aircraft cabins.
Baggage handlers at airports can be at risk for ergonomic hazards from such as from lifting heavy baggage and repetitively lifting baggage from a conveyor while assuming awkward body postures and extended reaches.

Mass transit workers, including those who operate and maintain subway trains and buses, develop significant common diseases and injuries to which their work is likely to be a causal or contributing factor. Major health outcomes of concern for them include cardiovascular diseases, which include hypertension, heart disease, and stroke; lung and bladder cancer and possibly other cancers; emphysema and asthma; and post-traumatic stress disorder and other stress-related psychological disturbances.

Also included in this section is a link to resources about work zone safety for highway workers.



NIOSH Publications on Health and Safety of Transportation Workers

Mass Transit:

The Health Impact of Urban Mass Transportation Work in New York City, Report by Dr. Steven Markowitz of CUNY and Dave Newman of NYCOSH


The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Safety and Health Resources
Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, Policy Statement 2006 

Assn. of Flight Attendants-CWA Air Safety, Health and Security Dept.

Baggage Handling: Potential Hazards and Solutions, OSHA e-tool


Work Zone Hazards and Safety, Federal Highway Administration

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New York City
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