Work-Related Injuries & Illnesses
All work-related injuries at the NIH must be reported to OMS. Injuries involving possible exposure to human and nonhuman primate body fluids are treated as medical emergencies.
OMS clinicians obtain the worker’s account of the circumstances of the incident, perform a targeted physical exam and offer necessary medical care. Medical care may include surgical closure of minor wounds, providing prescription medications, immunizations, splints, physical therapy, and follow-up medical care. OMS Workers’ Compensation Specialists provide federal employees with expert assistance in their filing of claims for compensation to the Department of Labor.
In addition to providing care for the injured worker, OMS staff works closely with DOHS and CC Safety Specialists to minimize the potential for other workers to be similarly injured.