Worker Health Information from the National Health Interview Survey

About the Questions used in the Occupational Health Supplements

NIOSH sponsored supplemental work-related questions in the 2010 and 2015 NHIS surveys. Known as the “occupational health supplements” (OHS), these questions collected more in-depth information on the prevalence of work-related health conditions and exposures to potential psychological and physical job hazards in the U.S. working population. The OHS questions were included as part of the Sample Adult questionnaires. Learn more about the questions asked in the two OHS surveys, including the questions that were added and removed between survey years.

Topic # of Questions in 2010

(Question ID/s)

# of Questions in 2015

(Question ID/s)

Respondents who received the question/s
Supplemental work history (longest-held job) 7

(ASD.210_00.080-135)

7

(ASD.220_00.010-70)

2010 and 2015: Ever employed
Non-standard work arrangements 1

(ASD.210_00.140)

1

(ASD.220_00.080)

2010: All adults employed in past 12 months

2015: Currently employed

Shift work 1

(ASD.210_00.160)

3

(ASD.220_00.090: regular day/evening/night vs. irregular?, ASD.220_00.100: any night work (1am-5am), ASD.220_00.105: freq of night work)

2010: All adults employed in past 12 months

2015: Currently employed

Hostile work environment 1

(ASD.210_00.190)

2

(ASD.220_00.180, (ASD.220_00.185: frequency)

2010: All adults employed in past 12 months

2015: Currently employed

Environmental tobacco smoke 1

(ASD.210_00.210)

1

(ASD.220_00.210: changed response options to frequency)

2010: All adults employed in past 12 months

2015: Currently employed

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 12

(ACN.296_00.010-ACN.297_00.130)

4

(ACN.296_00.010-ACN.297_00.020)

All sample adults
Work-life imbalance 1

(ASD.210_00.180)

1

(ASD.220_00.110: modified from work-family imbalance in 2010 to work-life imbalance)

2010: All adults employed in past 12 months

2015: Currently employed

Worry about unemployment 1

(ASD.210_00.170)

11

(ASD.220_00.150: modified from job insecurity in 2010 to worry about unemployment)

2010: All adults employed in past 12 months

2015: Currently employed

Topic # of Questions in 2010

(Question ID/s)

# of Questions in 2015

(Question ID/s)

Respondents who received the question/s
Supplemental work history (most recent job) 7

(ASD.210_00.010-75)

0 2010: Not currently employed, but employed in the past 12 months
Temporary work 1

(ASD.210_00.150)

0 2010: All adults employed in past 12 months
Skin hazards 1

(ASD.210_00.200)

0 2010: All adults employed in past 12 months
Outdoor work 1

(ASD.210_00.220)

0 2010: All adults employed in past 12 months
Vapors, gas, dust, fumes (at longest held job) 1

(ASD.210_00.190)

0 2010: All adults employed in past 12 months
Filing of workers’ compensation claim for injury/poisoning 2

(ASD.210_00.240, ASD.210_00.250)

0 2010: Adults employed in past 12 months who suffered an injury or poisoning in the past three months while working at a paid job
Supplemental questions about asthma (age at diagnosis, work-relatedness, and impact on work) 14

(ACN.105_00.010-ACN.105_00.150)

0 2010: All adults employed in the past 12 months who currently have asthma
Dermatitis (prevalence, work-relatedness, and impact on work) 15

(ACN.210_00.010-ACN.220_00.130)

0 2010: All sample adults

Topic # of Questions in 2010

(Question ID/s)

# of Questions in 2015

(Question ID/s)

Respondents who received the question/s
Supervisory responsibility 0 1

(ASD.105_00.010)

2015: Ever employed
Job demands 0 1

(ASD.220_00.120)

2015: Currently employed
Job control 0 1

(ASD.220_00.130)

2015: Currently employed
Supervisory support 0 1

(ASD.220_00.140)

2015: Currently employed, excluding self-employed
Safety (objective) 0 1

(ASD.220_00.160)

2015: Currently employed
Safety climate 0 1

(ASD.220_00.170)

2015: Currently employed, excluding self-employed
Ergonomic exposures 0 2

(ASD.220_00.190: repeated strenuous activity, ASD.220_00.200: time spent standing/walking)

2015: Currently employed
Workplace health promotion 0 2

(ASD.220_00.230, (ASD.220_00.240: frequency)

2015: Currently employed, excluding self-employed
Supplemental questions about low back pain (frequency, severity, work-relatedness, impact on work) 0 8

(ACN.325_00.010-ACN.325_00.080)

2015:  All adults with low back pain (frequency, severity); currently employed adults with low back pain (work-relatedness, impact on work)

Page last reviewed: December 14, 2017