In partnership with the United Taxi Workers of San Diego (UTWSD) we conducted research and developed health education materials to support San Diego taxi drivers. In a survey of 75 taxi drivers and 25 non-driver comparison participants, we found that taxi drivers had greatly elevated risk for chronic pain, lower levels of physical activity, longer work hours, and greater dissatisfaction with their work than the comparison group. They were also at much greater risk for assault while on the job and high levels of work-related stress. As a result of the project several materials were developed, including a policy brief related to providing safety mechanisms in taxi cabs (a policy implemented in other major US cities), and materials to support ergonomic adjustments of the taxi seat and stretches for reducing muscle stiffness following long hours on the job.
- 5 Minute Seated Stretch Guide
- Healthy Back Guide
- Policy Brief-Violence and Safety for Taxi Drivers
- Poster on Research Findings
UTWSD continues to work to advocate to improve the workplace conditions and to support the health and wellbeing of San Diego taxi drivers.