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Stress at Work

Primary themes in the NIOSH job stress research program:

- To better understand the influence of what are commonly-termed "work organization" or "psychosocial" factors on stress, illness, and injury

- To identify ways to redesign jobs to create safer and healthier workplaces

Examples of research topics at NIOSH within these two broad themes:

- Characteristics of healthy work organizations

- Work organization interventions to promote safe and healthy working conditions

- Surveillance of the changing nature of work

- Work organization interventions to reduce musculoskeletal disorders among office operators

- Work schedule designs to protect the health and well-being of workers

- The effects of new organizational policies and practices on worker health and safety

- Changing worker demographics (race/ethnicity, gender, and age) and worker safety and health

- Work organization, cardiovascular disease, and depression

- Psychological violence in the workplace

In addition, the NIOSH program also includes:

- Sponsorship of conferences on work, stress and health

- Publication of educational documents on work, stress, and health