OSH in figures: occupational safety and health in the transport sector — an overview

EU & international information
EU
English
2011

Description

The transport sector is a growing sector of the European economy and is highly affected by change: the growing proportion of women, migrant and part-time workers, the rapid ageing of the workforce and many technological innovations. Transport workers are exposed to multiple physical risks and violence, and many have unusual working times and carry out repetitive and monotonous work. The consequences are high accident rates, and high rates of musculoskeletal disorders, stress and fatigue. This report reviews the occupational safety and health (OSH) risks of a wide variety of transport occupations, by analysing statistics and studies, and selected examples of prevention. The report has a broad scope: it covers all transport subsectors (rail, water, air and road) and is intended for both those working in the transport sector and policy-makers.

Other data

Sector / Industry covered: 
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles
TRANSPORTATION AND STORAGE
Provider: 
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Tasks covered: 
Handling Chemicals
Miscellaneous
Spill or Confined Space Accident
Biological hazard: 
Fungi
Viruses
Bacteria
Parasites
Zoonoses
Hazard - physical state: 
Aerosols
Dusts
Fibres
Gases
Vapours
Hazard - health effects: 
Allergens
Carcinogens
Irritants
Toxic substances
Fire and explosion
Infection
Exposure route: 
Bites and stings
Dermal contact
Inhalation
Sharps and cuts
Skin absorption
Substance Description: 

Chemicals that you can come in contact with in transportation sector (loading, unloading, weighing and washing containers and vehicles; when preparing the vehicles for duty or on maintenance tasks, such as repair or deicing of planes etc). For an example - asbestos, bromomethane, phosphine, diesel exhaust fumes, pesticides etc.

CAS Number: 
12001-28-4
7803-51-2
74-83-9
EC number: 
601-649-8
232-260-8
200-813-2
Prevention measures: 
Level 1. Elimination of hazards
Level 1. Substitution
Level 2. Technical measures, e.g. local exhaust ventilation
Level 3. Reducing / minimising the risk by personal measures (PPE)
Training / guidance
Purpose of the material: 
General information
Guidance
Report
Target group: 
All (no specific target group)

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