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OSH-9 Data Details

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OSH-9 Increase the proportion of employees who have access to workplace programs that prevent or reduce employee stress

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
Quality of Worklife Module
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Baseline (Year): 
36 (2010)
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement

Number of employees who have access to workplace stress management/reduction programs


Total number of employees

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Data Collection Frequency: 
Methodology Notes: 

    NIOSH's Quality of WorkLife (QWL) module is designed to directly assess major workplace risk factors for job stress and provide multiple measures of well-being in the workforce. This survey has been administered as part of the National Opinion Research Center's General Social Survey to nationally representative samples of the U.S. workforce in 2002, 2006, and 2010. The question on stress management/reduction programs will be included for the first time in the 2010 QWL.

    Job stress has been identified as a significant risk factor for a number of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, and workplace injuries. Research indicates that up to one-third of all workers report high levels of stress on the job. Worksite programs to reduce stress tend to adopt either stress management (for example, helping workers cope with current levels of stress) or primary prevention (for example, altering sources of stress through job redesign). Although many of these programs have found to be effective in reducing levels of stress, additional knowledge is needed regarding which occupations are especially prone to the effects of stress, which aspects of organizational change in today’s workplace pose the greatest risk of job stress, and what interventions are most useful to control these risks.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
OSH-9 was moved from developmental to measurable in July 2015