As we cope with yesterday’s tragic event that took place at the Washington Navy Yard, our thoughts are with the victims, their families, coworkers and friends. Consistent with the NIH mission to improve the health of our nation's citizens, we are dedicated to fostering the safety and wellness of our staff and are prepared to handle issues of workplace violence. On behalf of the Office of Research Services and the Office of Human Resources, we’d like to take this opportunity to highlight the variety of resources available to the NIH community.
Your central source for NIH security information provided by the Office of Research Services (ORS)
From the ORS Division of Emergency Preparedness and Coordination (DEPC)
Non-emergencies - 301-496-5685
Emergencies - On Campus - 911, Off Campus - 9-911
The NIH Division of Police provides 24 hours a day, seven days a week police services on campus, including:
Emergency response to crimes in progress and to life threatening situations
Foot & vehicle patrol: patrol with marked and unmarked police cars
Special events security: VIP security, traffic control, and liaison with outside law enforcement
24-hour escorts by uniformed police officers
Traffic Control and Enforcement
Community policing and community outreach program
The Division of the Police also ensures the safety/security of the NIH’s High Containment Laboratories and operates the NIH Emergency Communications Center, the Gateway Center, and the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility.
The Civil Program
The NIH Civil Program addresses matters pertaining to the prevention of violence in the NIH workplace. Matters include behaviors of concern that may lead to acts of violence, such as suicidal ideation, bullying, intimidating behavior, and domestic violence. Civil is not intended to be used as a substitute for calling 911 when an individual feels police or emergency help is needed. The Civil Program consists of a Response Team and an Advisory Committee. Members consist of highly specialized staff members from a variety of NIH organizations. Call Civil if:
You need help assessing the potential seriousness of a concerning situation
You are experiencing a concerning or threatening situation at work and need intervention from trained staff
You become aware of a workplace situation involving behaviors of concern, such as intimidating, bullying, or other unproductive, disruptive, and/or dangerous behaviors
A situation involving concerning behavior already has occurred and you need assistance managing the aftermath and its effect on staff
You need help in addressing your own behavior and/or reactions to a workplace situation
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The EAP provides personalized consultation, short-term support, referral and follow up services to enhance personal and professional wellbeing. The EAP also provides a full range of onsite Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) services to support workgroups impacted by traumatic events. From the death of an employee to incidents of workplace violence or larger scale tragedies, EAP consultants have specialized training to provide timely individual and group support appropriate to the specific situation. If your workgroup has been impacted by a critical incident, early intervention is a key to maintaining well-being and productivity. (For staff at the Research Triangle Park Campus in North Carolina, the Employee Assistance Program can be reached at 1-800-222-0364.)
In addition, the following training tools are also available:
* The NIH Police Department also offers in-person, active shooter training for interested groups.
As we move forward with accomplishing the mission of NIH, please don’t hesitate to take the time to contact any of the resources listed above for more information.